Contraception: Your Questions Answered, 7th Edition

Authors :
John Guillebaud & Anne MacGregor

From reviews of the previous edition:

‘Bought this one as an update to the older version I have. The Q&A format is so easy to use. You could just read it but it is even better as a problem solving tool- anyone who provides contracept ...view more

From reviews of the previous edition:

‘Bought this one as an update to the older version I have. The Q&A format is so easy to use. You could just read it but it is even better as a problem solving tool- anyone who provides contraceptive services should have a copy.’

‘I'm a GP trainee doing obstetrics and gynaecology rotation and this book is invaluable in providing me with answers to common and not so common questions that patients come in with. Very happy with this purchase.’

‘The bible for all medical practitioners regarding contraception. Very easy to use and find what you want.’

‘Perfect book to have at hand for either quick revision or brief check when working in family planning. Easy to read with good explanations that can be memorised with very little effort.’

‘Very well-known book from the guru of contraception! A must-have guide for the tricky subject of contraception for GPs.’

‘I have owned previous editions of this book, which continues to be an excellent resource. Clearly written and eminently readable, I would recommend this to all (not just Doctors).’

‘Perfect book to have at hand for either quick revision or brief check when working in family planning. Easy to read with good explanations that can be memorised with very little effort.’

‘Bought this book whilst doing a family planning course and now, in practice, it has become my bible. Full of information, easy to understand, clear and concise. Helps with problem-solving and also contains relevant physiology. Recommended for GPs, nurse practitioners, midwives, school nurses and anyone with an interest in family planning.’

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From reviews of the previous edition:

‘Bought this one as an update to the older version I have. The Q&A format is so easy to use. You could just read it but it is even better as a problem solving tool- anyone who provides contraceptive services should have a copy.’

‘I'm a GP trainee doing obstetrics and gynaecology rotation and this book is invaluable in providing me with answers to common and not so common questions that patients come in with. Very happy with this purchase.’

‘The bible for all medical practitioners regarding contraception. Very easy to use and find what you want.’

‘Perfect book to have at hand for either quick revision or brief check when working in family planning. Easy to read with good explanations that can be memorised with very little effort.’

‘Very well-known book from the guru of contraception! A must-have guide for the tricky subject of contraception for GPs.’

‘I have owned previous editions of this book, which continues to be an excellent resource. Clearly written and eminently readable, I would recommend this to all (not just Doctors).’

‘Perfect book to have at hand for either quick revision or brief check when working in family planning. Easy to read with good explanations that can be memorised with very little effort.’

‘Bought this book whilst doing a family planning course and now, in practice, it has become my bible. Full of information, easy to understand, clear and concise. Helps with problem-solving and also contains relevant physiology. Recommended for GPs, nurse practitioners, midwives, school nurses and anyone with an interest in family planning.’


New to this edition

This seventh edition has been completely revised and updated, incorporating relevant WHO and national guidance documents: therefore imparting best evidence-based practice for all methods.

  • Combined oral contraceptives (COCs) Based on the long-established evidence that 7 days of routinely not-taking pills in each cycle is too long for maintained ovarian suppression - and this necessarily leads to too little margin for errors in pill-taking - the authors recommend that providers switch to a new norm for all users of either:
    • Tricycling, the 84/4 regimen, or totally continuous use (365/365),
    • OR, for women who remain keen to see monthly pill-bleeds (which are completely unnecessary for health), one of the regimens (24/4 or 21/4) that shorten the contraception-non-taking time to 4 days

  • New methods, and their importance or otherwise:
    • Intrauterine system: Jaydess®
    • Subcutaneous, self-injectable alternative to Depo-Provera: Sayana® Press
    • 24/4 combined hormonal contraceptives: Zoely®, Eloine®
    • Diaphragm: Caya®

  • Updates
    • Quick starting and bridging (the Proving not Pregnant Protocol)
    • Emergency contraception (EC), how advice differs for ulipristal acetate EC
    • Drug metabolism (implications with norethisterone) and interactions (eg affecting lamotrigine)
  • Intermittent quizzes for CPD portfolio purposes
  • Now on ExpertConsult

Key Features
  • Question and answer format
  • Important information boxes
  • Unwanted side effects boxes
  • Frequent patient questions at the end of relevant chapters
  • Management advice
  • Follow-up advice
  • Comes with free e-book on  ExpertConsult for the first time

Author Information
By John Guillebaud, MA, FRCSEd, FRCOG(Hon), FFSRH(Hon), FCOG(SA), Emeritus Professor of Family Planning and Reproductive Health, University College London, UK; Trustee of the Margaret Pyke Trust, Formerly Medical Director of the Margaret Pyke Family Planning Centre, London, UK and Anne MacGregor, MBBS MSc MD FFSRH MICR DIPM, Associate Specialist in Sexual and Reproductive Healthcare, Bart's Sexual Health Centre, St. Bartholomew's Hospital, London; Honorary Professor, Centre for Neuroscience and Trauma within the Blizard Institute of Cell and Molecular Science, Bart's and the London School of Medicine and Dentistry, London, UK