Obesity and oral contraceptives: A clinician's guide

Kate A. Shaw, Alison B. Edelman

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Abstract

Obesity and unintended pregnancy are two of the major health epidemics we are currently facing worldwide. Patient education is a clinician's greatest tool in combating both epidemics but many clinicians may be uncomfortable with counselling and prescribing contraception for obese women. Overall, the prevention of unintended pregnancy in obese women far outweighs any risk associated with oral contraceptive use. This review aims to provide the clinician with a practical guide to the use of oral contraceptive pills in obese women.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)55-65
Number of pages11
JournalBest Practice and Research: Clinical Endocrinology and Metabolism
Volume27
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - Feb 2013

Keywords

  • bariatric surgery
  • body mass index (BMI)
  • contraception
  • hormonal contraception
  • obesity
  • oral contraceptive pills

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Endocrinology, Diabetes and Metabolism
  • Endocrinology

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