Today's Contraceptive Patch: Putting Yesterday Behind – and Offering a Brighter Contraceptive Tomorrow

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Today's Contraceptive Patch: Putting Yesterday Behind – and Offering a Brighter Contraceptive Tomorrow

Today's Contraceptive Patch: Putting Yesterday Behind – and Offering a  Brighter Contraceptive Tomorrow
Dr. Nelson reviews the advantages and disadvantages of contraceptive patches, in addition to discussing contraceptive counseling.

Available credits: 0.75

Time to complete: 45 minutes


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  • Overview

    Unplanned pregnancy can come with numerous negative consequences, one being the health issues of the mother and/or child. Additionally, an unplanned pregnancy often comes with questions surrounding major life decisions and can often lead the woman or couple to have to make difficult decisions. For these reasons, contraception is integral to the health and well-being of women of childbearing age.

    Join Dr. Nelson as she discusses the contraception counseling process and advising patients on the appropriate contraceptive use. She will also review the advantages and disadvantages, and the historical perspectives regarding contraceptive patches, as well as clarify common misperceptions that clinicians and patients may hold regarding this option.


  • Disclosure of Conflicts of Interest

    In accordance with the ACCME Standards for Commercial Support, The Omnia-Prova Education Collaborative (TOPEC) requires that individuals in a position to control the content of an educational activity disclose all relevant financial relationships with any commercial interest. TOPEC resolves all conflicts of interest to ensure independence, objectivity, balance, and scientific rigor in all its educational programs. 


    Anita L. Nelson, MD
    Professor Emeritus
    Obstetrics and Gynecology
    David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA
    Los Angeles, CA

    Dr. Nelson receives consulting fees from Agile, Allergan, Bayer, ContraMed, Intrarosa, and Merck, is a speaker for Allergan, Aspen Pharma, Bayer, and Merck and has contracted research with Agile, Bayer, ContraMed, and Merck.


    • Carole Drexel, PhD, CHCP has nothing to disclose.
    • Kia K. Gray, MPH has nothing to disclose.
    • Amanda Hilferty has nothing to disclose.
    • Ashley Rosenthal has nothing to disclose.
    • Robert Schneider, MSW has nothing to disclose.
    • Lee Philip Shulman, MD, FACOG, FACMG receives consulting fees from Natera, Sequenom Inc., and Sera, is a speaker for Sequenom Inc., and has contracted research with Natera, and Sequenom Inc.
  • Learning Objectives

    After participating in this educational activity, participants should be better able to:

    • Demonstrate competency in managing the contraception counseling process, including the ability to screen, assess, profile, and advise patients for appropriate contraceptive use.
    • Explain the advantages and drawbacks of contraceptive patches.
    • Identify the strategies that will overcome the most common misperceptions that clinicians and patients may hold regarding contraceptive patches that may detract from greater consideration of their use.
  • Target Audience

    This activity is designed to meet the educational needs of Obstetricians/Gynecologists, Primary Care Physicians, Nurse Practitioners, Physician Assistants, and Certified Nurse Midwives.

  • Accreditation and Credit Designation Statements

    The Omnia-Prova Education Collaborative, Inc. is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

    The Omnia-Prova Education Collaborative, Inc. designates this enduring material for a maximum of .75 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

  • Provider(s)/Educational Partner(s)

    Omnia Education has a core focus on women's health and the ways in which diseases and conditions impact the female patient. That unique focus has transformed the CME learning environment for healthcare professionals nationwide. We impact thousands of clinicians annually, many of whom return each year for clinical updates and connectivity with regional peers.

  • Commercial Support

    This activity is supported by an independent educational grant from Agile Therapeutics.

  • Disclaimer

    The views and opinions expressed in this educational activity are those of the faculty and do not necessarily represent the views of TOPEC and Omnia Education. This presentation is not intended to define an exclusive course of patient management; the participant should use his/her clinical judgment, knowledge, experience and diagnostic skills in applying or adopting for professional use any of the information provided herein. Any procedures, medications, or other courses of diagnosis or treatment discussed or suggested in this activity should not be used by clinicians without evaluation of their patients’ conditions and possible contraindications or dangers in use, review of any applicable manufacturer’s product information, and comparison with recommendations of other authorities. Links to other sites may be provided as additional sources of information. Once you elect to link to a site outside of Omnia Education you are subject to the terms and conditions of use, including copyright and licensing restriction, of that site.

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