This book was one of the original books in the "Your Questions Answered" (YQA) series. Now published as a stand-alone volume it serves as a primary source of information about reversible methods of contraception. Written in an informal - and yet highly informative - question-and-answer style, it represents a dialogue between general practitioner (asking the questions) and reproductive health specialist (providing the answers). The main aim of the book is to give practical guidance to busy clinicians when they are faced with patients who want help with choosing the best means of controlling fertility. Most chapters conclude with questions frequently asked by the patient - the answers to which can be very difficult for the unprepared and busy clinician to improvise 'on the spot' in the surgery.
Introduction: the population explosion, sexual and contraceptive history-taking and counselling - the importance of fertility control. Aspects of human fertility and fertility awareness: natural birth control. Male methods of contraception. Vaginal methods of contraception. The combined oral contraceptive - selection and eligibility. The combined oral contraceptive - follow-up arrangements and new routes of administration. The progestogen-only pill. Injectables and implants. Intrauterine devices and systems. Emergency (postcoital) contraception. Contraception for the young, the not quite so young - and in future. Further reading. Websites. Appendices.