Methods of contraception: the nurse’s role in providing care and advice
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Methods of contraception: the nurse’s role in providing care and advice

Sally Kelsey Lead nurse, Sexual health and contraception, Barking, Havering and Redbridge University Hospitals NHS Trust, Essex, England

Most women require contraception during their reproductive years, and many methods are available. Women should have access to all of these methods and be encouraged to take an active role in decision-making about their choice of contraceptive, within medical eligibility constraints. Long-acting reversible contraceptives are more effective than user-dependent methods, such as condoms, and should be offered to all women during contraceptive consultations. In primary care settings, nurses often provide much basic contraception care and advice. Nurses should ensure that they work within the limits of their competence and are aware of how and where to refer women for specialist support, if required.

Nursing Standard. 32, 13, 52-63. doi: 10.7748/ns.2017.e11038


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Received: 06 October 2017

Accepted: 16 October 2017

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