Are you up to date on emergency contraceptive options?

Are you up-to-date on emergency contraception options?

UBC CPD has launched a new online module that outlines and compares the effectiveness of various oral EC agents and Cu-IUDs, and includes interactive case studies to help you counsel patients about EC options. This self-paced, 75-minute, interactive, mobile-friendly, and accredited online module is available free through UBC CPD eLearning.

Medical Eligibility Criteria & Hypertension


Hi, I coordinate our youth program and  I have had some of the nurses needing further clarification on hypertension. If the client presents with hypertension at their visit, is that considered forever or can we re-evaluate at a different time to reassess. This came up with the last update on migraines and wondering if the scenarios are similar.
Thank you


Let’s first look at what category the MEC classifies Hypertension:

For all categories of hypertension the MEC states CHC are a category 3 or 4 – the risks outweigh the benefits. However the MMWR does provide some clarifications:

  • For all categories of hypertension, classifications are based on the assumption that no other risk factors for cardiovascular disease exist. When multiple risk factors do exist, risk for cardiovascular disease might increase substantially.
  • Women adequately treated for hypertension are at reduced risk for acute myocardial infarction and stroke compared with untreated women. Although no data exist, CHC users with adequately controlled and monitored hypertension should be at reduced risk for acute myocardial infarction and stroke compared with untreated hypertensive CHC users. Evidence: Among women with hypertension, COC users were at higher risk than nonusers for stroke, acute myocardial infarction, and peripheral arterial disease.
  • Discontinuation of COCs in women with hypertension
  • A single reading of blood pressure level is not sufficient to classify a woman as hypertensive. (MMWR July 2016, p.21)

What does this mean for practice:

  • A thorough history of the patient’s hypertension is warranted
  • Is the hypertension current?
  • Is the patient on medication? (i.e. well controlled = MEC 3)
  • Was the hypertensive episode a one off?
  • If the patient is no longer hypertensive and not requiring medicine should they be classified as hypertensive?

Back to the original question – the MMWR does not indicate that history only should be a restriction for CHC use – therefore if the patient is no longer on medication (this would be well controlled and still a MEC 3) and is not hypertensive consider discussing alternate options for contraception. If she still chooses COCs ensure you counsel her on risks. If the patient is currently hypertensive and wants COCs a referral must be made.

ARNBC supports Communities of Practice

This community of practice website and support for the volunteer leadership group is from ARNBC.  We are able to have teleconference and online meetings regularly and be able to post updates and administer this small website because of ARNBC.  Without the ARNBC, the Contraceptive Management Community of Practice would have great difficulty carrying out it’s volunteer activities without significant cost.  We would probably not exist.  Where would you find local practice support and updates for this area of practice?

If you appreciate having the contraceptive management practice updates, being able to contact provincial leaders in the field and knowing that fellow nurses are involved in practice support, please consider voicing your concerns about the current happenings that threaten ARNBC.  We are stronger when we work together.

See the recent video post from ARNBC about the 3rd court challenge launched against them from BCNU.

TODAY! Webinar: Pelvic Exam DST Update

For those of you are interested in attending the CNE (or watching the recorded session at a later date) reviewing the changes to the Pelvic Exam DST it is taking place today (Tuesday April 25, 2017) from 10‐11am.

Participants will have the opportunity to view the session live and pose questions or view the recording at a later date.

To view this presentation on or after April 25th click here: