FAQs in Contraception and Abortion Care

This course provides answers to the seven most frequently asked questions about contraception and abortion care. 


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In this program, you will learn the answers to the 7 most frequently asked questions on contraception using the best evidence available plus you will learn more about various contraceptives including emergency contraception. Also included is an update on the medications used for medical abortion.

Here are the questions. Do you know the answers?

  1. The patient is currently taking a triphasic combined oral contraceptive (COC) on a 21/7 regimen and is going away on vacation. She wants to delay her menstrual period. What are her options?
  2. What is the difference between the copper intrauterine devices (Cu-IUDs) available on the market? Which can be used for emergency contraception (EC)?
  3. What makes ulipristal different from the other EC options?
  4. Will an anti-epileptic decrease the effectiveness of UPA-EC?
  5. Which EC should I recommend for women with an increased body mass index?
  6. A patient has presented to your pharmacy 72-120 hours after UPI. Which EC is the most effective in this situation? When should you resume hormonal contraception following EC?
  7. Is ulipristal the same as the “abortion pill”?

Learning objectives:

  • Address frequently asked questions about contraceptive and abortion care in pharmacy practice.
  • Identify and discuss new drug options.
  • Describe each new drug’s place in therapy.
  • Discuss the primary monitoring recommendations for each new drug.

Course outline:

  • Online module
  • Multiple-choice final exam
  • Program evaluation

Course at a glance:

  • Accreditation: 8003-2018-2450-I-P
  • Available until October 31, 2022
  • 1 hour to complete
  • Online
  • Completion requirement: Complete the course’s online module and achieve a score of 70 per cent or higher on the multiple-choice exam (two attempts).

Who should take this course:

This course provides useful information for pharmacists who want to learn more about various contraceptives and abortion care available in pharmacy practice.

Development Team:

  • Deborah Ng, RPh (BScPhm)
  • Rob Rementilla, RPh (BScPhm)
  • Ida Famiyah, RPh (BScPhm)
  • Alex Choi, RPh (BScPhm)