Former Family Planning Fellow Publishes Chapter in New Book

Dr. AuTumn Davidson, 2014 graduating fellow from the Section of Family Planning and now an Assistant Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology at the University of Illinois College of Medicine at Chicago, contributed a chapter to the new book Contraception for the Medically Challenging Patient. Co-authored by Section faculty Dr. Julie Chor, “Contraceptive Management of Women with Cardiac Disease” addresses how to best care for the rising number of women of reproductive age who present with cardiac conditions that impact pregnancy risks and contraceptive efficacy.

Contraception for the Medically Challenging Patient offers advice on meeting the contraceptive needs of women with chronic medical problems. Family planning physicians, fellows, and women’s health care providers at any level can utilize this resource as both a literature review and a complementary guide to decrease barriers to safe contraceptive use. The authors address how common misconceptions and lack of knowledge can put patients at risk.

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Contraception for the Medically Challenging Patient fills the gap that currently exists in the knowledge of correct contraceptive prescribing practice and shows that inappropriate contraindications can easily become a barrier to effective contraception use among women. Chapters highlight obsolete views about appropriate candidates for contraception and address the complex contraceptive needs of today’s medically challenging patients with HIV/AIDS, uterine fibroids, or cardiac, neurologic or thyroid disease. The book gives attention to recommendations on the use of contraception in women with medical problems such as diabetes, obesity, epilepsy, and lupus, among others, and provides comprehensive information regarding the effects that certain drugs may have on contraceptive hormone levels. While national guidelines do exist for contraceptive eligibility, this book discusses in more detail the evidence behind the guideline recommendations and the nuances that clinicians confront in daily practice.

The book is available now in print as well as electronically. Order here.

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