Contraception Counseling:

A partnership with your patient

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Despite a variety of information sources available, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has noted that women may have only limited information about contraceptive options before they arrive at their healthcare visit.1

Healthcare providers have an opportunity to make a difference by educating patients about all forms of contraceptive options. It all starts with a conversation.

The following can help improve contraceptive counseling

  • Assess patient’s medical history1
  • Identify patient’s reproductive and contraceptive goals1
  • Discuss patient’s contraceptive experiences and preferences1
  • Identify patient’s knowledge and concerns about different contraceptive methods1
  • Use open-ended questions to promote discussion1

The Birth Control Questionnaire contains a list of questions for your patients to answer. The answers may help you focus the conversation on which birth control options may be appropriate for your patients. Understanding your patients’ level of familiarity with the different types of birth control options may help your counseling conversation.

Download the Birth Control Questionnaire

Learn More About Long-Acting Reversible Contraception

Contraceptives come in a variety of methods. Among the types of available contraceptives are LARCs:

  • Long-acting (continuous pregnancy prevention from 3 to 10 years)2
  • Reversible contraceptives (return to fertility after cessation)2

Several medical societies recommend including long-acting reversible contraceptives, otherwise known as LARCs, in contraceptive counseling.2-5

In the United States, LARCs include several varieties of intrauterine devices (IUDs) and a subdermal implant.2

Click below to find out more about one LARC method.

Learn about a LARC


1. Gavin, L et al. Providing quality family planning services. Recommendations of CDC and the U.S. Office of Population Affairs. MMWR Wkly Rep. 2014;63:1-54.

2. American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists Committee on Gynecologic Practice Long-Acting Reversible Contraception Working Group. ACOG Committee Opinion no. 642: Increasing access to contraceptive implants and intrauterine devices to reduce unintended pregnancy. Obstet Gynecol. 2015;126(4):e44–e48.

3. American Academy of Family Physicians. Preconception Care (Position Paper). 2015. Accessed January 27, 2020.

4. Long-acting reversible contraception: implants and intrauterine devices. Practice Bulletin No. 186. American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists. Obstet Gynecol. 2017;130:e251–e269.

5. Ott MA, Sucato GS. American Academy of Pediatrics Committee on Adolescence. Contraception for adolescents. Policy statement. Pediatrics. 2014;134(4):e1244–e1256.

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