Stop and Think, pt. 1

  1.   What do male condoms provide that other forms of contraception do not?

A.) Better efficacy

B.) Better protection against STIs

C.) Price

D.) All of the above 

Answer and Rationale: B. Hormonal contraception does not protect against STIs. STIs are on the rise, and pharmacists are in a great position to provide counseling when giving prescriptions for contraception.

  1. Which of these is an adverse effect of oral contraception?

A.) Irregular bleeding

B.) Headache

C.) Breast tenderness

D.) All of the above

Answer and Rationale: D. All of the answers are common occurrences when starting oral contraceptives. These symptoms usually resolve or normalize within the first couple of months of starting therapy. Persistent symptoms should prompt a referral to a physician.

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