- Why (and how) providers should get consent in the exam room
Using the principles of explicit consent to give patients better care
From the #metoo movement to reports of sexual assault being front and center on national television with the confirmation hearings of Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh, consent has been making the news headlines. Health care providers have an opportunity to provide a safe space to discuss enthusiastic consent in relationships and to model it in the exam room by obtaining explicit consent from our patients prior to performing intimate exams in the office. Consent is an important component of establishing a respectful and trusting relationship with your patient—one that improves satisfaction, adherence, and ultimately, outcomes.read the full article »
- STI-status sharing: Online resources for your patients
Have a patient who's uncomfortable notifying partners about a positive STI diagnosis? These online resources can help.
When it comes to STIs, of course you want to encourage patients to get tested regularly (and to practice safe sex). But what if testing results in a positive STI diagnosis? You may be able to support your patient not only in getting further testing or treatment as appropriate, but also in notifying current and past partners. Online resources make it easier than ever to let partners know about a positive STI diagnosis, often while providing further information about that STI and where to get tested. read the full article »
- Reproductive counseling in the age of Zika virus
Sex, contraception, pregnancy, fear… Here’s what health care providers can do for their patients.
With news of Zika virus making headlines on a daily basis, health care providers face growing questions from patients who understandably fear Zika’s potential impact on their current or future pregnancies.read the full article »
- Excellent care for LGBTQ patients
Here's how to be part of the solution when it comes to the health disparities LGBTQ people face.
We’ve known for a long time that LGBTQ people have health disparities compared to heterosexual and cis-gendered people. So what can you as a provider do to reduce these disparities? read the full article »
- What does evidence say about combined vs. progestin-only pills?
COCs or POPs? Here are some things to consider when helping a patient pick a pill.
By discussing the side effects and benefits of different kinds of pills with your patient, you can help her choose one that fits her life. read the full article »
- Extended use of the implant and LNG-IUS
New evidence shows these long-acting methods keep working for at least a year after their expiration.
Although the implant is currently approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for only 3 years, there is new evidence suggesting that it’s safe and effective to use for at least 4 years. The same is true for the 52mg levonorgestrel intrauterine device (LNG-IUD)—it’s FDA-approved to last up to 5 years but safe and effective to use for at least 6. read the full article »
- Who is at increased risk of IUD expulsion?
New research holds some surprises about who’s at highest risk of expelling an IUD.
An expulsion is when an intrauterine device (IUD) comes out of the uterus on its own and it happens for about 1 in 20 IUD users. Expulsion leaves the patient vulnerable to unintended pregnancy.read the full article »
- Birth control and chronic condition care
Chronic health conditions require more medical visits. Are women getting the info they need?
Women who have chronic health conditions like these are more likely to visit a health care provider regularly than those who don't. But could it be that these women aren't getting the information they need about birth control?read the full article »
- Open enrollment is over: Can you still get covered?
Big changes in your life? They could make you eligible to get health insurance coverage.
Certain life changes might mean you’re eligible to get health insurance (including coverage of your birth control with no out-of-pocket costs!) before open enrollment starts again. Read on to find out more about your options.read the full article »