Contraception Day Keynote Lecture - Lessons Learned from Developing Contraceptives
Time:2:45 pm - 3:30 pm
Location:Room 6D - San Diego Convention Center
C. Wayne Bardin, M.D., Independent Consultant
Needs Assessment and Description
Many couples of reproductive age do not use contraception to avoid pregnancy, and millions of unintended pregnancies occur each year resulting in unplanned birth or in unsafe abortion with accompanying maternal morbidity and mortality. Technology developments are helping to increase the use of contraception through better adherence of and health benefits for contraceptive users. This live course for healthcare professionals will provide insights into the historical development of contraceptives, and the steps that led to discovery of the mechanism of action for selected contraceptive agents.
At the conclusion of this session, participants should be able to:
- Discuss the historical context of the development of contraceptives.
- Describe how the mechanism of action was developed.
A 28-year-old woman has been using a progestin-only method of contraception for two cycles and complains of irregular/break-through bleeding. After participating in this session, in my practice I will do the following:
- Switch to another method.
- Add estrogen to the treatment.
- Point out to the user that the bleeding common to this type of method usually improves with use.
- Not applicable to my area of practice.