Improving the Awkward Contraception Conversation with Younger Women: Focus on LARC - Certificate of Completion


1.5 hrs



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Certificate of Completion

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Approximately 56% of Australian women first experience sexual intercourse at 15-16 years of age. More than 70% of sexually active women aged 15 to 60 report using contraception, and while the prevalence of contraceptive use in Australian women aged 15-60 is more than 70%, more than 50% of unplanned pregnancies in Australia occur in women who were using contraception. The rate of unwanted pregnancies that result in terminations remains highest in women younger than 25 years.

It is important to assess sexual history, reactions to previous contraceptive medications, current contraceptive practices and risk-taking behaviours, to assess your patient’s contraceptive needs. Young women may feel uncomfortable discussing their sexual history and contraceptive needs and many may have concerns regarding independence, parental oversight and privacy. Developing an honest, caring, non-judgemental attitude and a relaxed, matter-of-fact approach to asking questions can help patients feel comfortable.

This interactive online learning activity is valued at 3 Hour(s) of continuing education.

Ginni Mansberg
General Practitioner, Sans Souci, NSW),

Heather McNamee
Visiting Medical Officer,
Cairns Sexual Health Service, Cairns, Queensland)

On completion of this program, participants will be better able to:

  1. Introduce contraceptive options that suit the individual needs of the patient
  2. Recall techniques to improve contraceptive discussion to improve patient satisfaction
  3. Distinguish between long acting reversible contraceptive (LARC) options in Australia
  4. Consult on LARCs and the changes to expect

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