Non-contraceptive uses and benefits of combined oral contraception
Article first published online: 17 OCT 2012
© 2012 Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists
The Obstetrician & Gynaecologist
Volume 14, Issue 4, pages 223–228, October 2012
How to Cite
Carey MS, Allen RH. Non-contraceptive uses and benefits of combined oral contraception. The Obstetrician & Gynaecologist 2012;14:223–228.
- Issue published online: 17 OCT 2012
- Article first published online: 17 OCT 2012
- abnormal uterine bleeding;
- combined oral contraception;
- Dysmenorrhoea can be treated successfully with combined oral contraceptives.
- Combined oral contraceptives have been shown to reduce and regulate menstrual bleeding.
- Combined oral contraceptives can treat acne in women also desiring contraception.
- Severe premenstrual syndrome may respond to drospirenone-containing combined oral contraceptives.
- Use of combined oral contraceptives decreases the risk of endometrial and ovarian cancer.
- To explain the role of combined oral contraceptives in reducing the risk of cancer.
- To identify the uses of combined oral contraceptives in treating gynaecological problems such as dysmenorrhoea, abnormal uterine bleeding, premenstrual syndrome, acne, hirsutism and polycystic ovary syndrome.
- Compared with preventing pregnancy, the risk/benefit profile of combined oral contraceptives for non-contraceptive indications may be different and women should be counseled according to their individual circumstance.