Risks/Side Effects of Hormonal Birth Control


ISMS members: Free
Non-ISMS members: $75.00

Course Description

There are over 70 million women of reproductive age in the United States. 99% of those will have used at least one contraceptive method in the roughly three decades they are capable of reproduction during their lives. Between a global pandemic and recent legislative restrictions, there has been a clear need demonstrated for accessible contraceptives. In this lecture, we will review the types of contraceptives, with a specific focus on hormonal contraceptives and their risk and benefit profile. Additionally, we will discuss how hormonal contraceptives can be more accessible.

Target Audience

ISMS members and their staffs

Additional information


The recommendations contained in this resource are not intended to define conduct that is appropriate in every case, should not be considered as establishing any standard of care, and do not constitute legal advice. Physicians, clinicians and healthcare providers should take care to ensure that all care rendered reflects the best clinical judgment and complies with the laws and regulations of the state or location at which the care was provided.

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Erin Fleurant, MD

Erin Fleurant, MDErin Fleurant, MD, is a physician at Northwestern Medical Center in Chicago, Illinois where she is undergoing fellowship training in Complex Family Planning. She completed her obstetrics and gynecology residency training at the University of Connecticut and received her medical degree from Rush University Medical College. Her research interests include trauma informed care, contraception in the immediate postpartum period, and pharmacological inhibition of lactation after second trimester pregnancy loss. Dr. Fleurant takes pride in her commitment to medical education and has been recognized with a Resident Excellence in Teaching Award along with induction in the Gold Humanism Honor Society. Outside of work, you can find Dr. Fleurant exploring the Chicago restaurant scene and soaking up the views of Lake Michigan on long walks with her dog.


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