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Safety in Lactation: Combined hormonal contraceptives

27 October 2020Combined hormonal contraceptives (CHC) are a combination of an oestrogen and progestogen administered either orally, transdermally or vaginally (via a vaginal ring). The oestrogen component…

Does St John’s Wort interact with combined and progestogen only hormonal contraception?

1 June 2020This updated Medicines Q&A evaluates the available evidence regarding an interaction between St John’s Wort and combined and progestogen only hormonal contraceptives. Summary The interaction…

Reproductive Health Patient Group Direction (PGD) Templates

25 March 2020SPS and the Faculty of Sexual and Reproductive Health (FSRH), with the support of specialist stakeholders working within clinical practice, have produced PGD templates for…

Is there a lactose-free hormone replacement therapy (HRT)?

24 February 2020This Medicines Q&A provides a summary of the currently available HRT preparations that contain lactose and suggests options for lactose-free alternatives.

What is a suitable combined oral contraceptive pill in a patient who is taking hepatic enzyme-inducing drugs, such as carbamazepine, phenytoin, rifampicin or rifabutin?

16 May 2019This updated Medicines Q&A provides advice on a suitable oral contraceptive that can be used in a woman using an enzyme-inducing anti-epileptic or anti-tubercle drug.…