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Months dispensed and oral contraceptive discontinuation
  1. Rudiger Pittrof
  1. Consultant in Community Sexual Health and HIV, Department of Sexual and Reproductive Health, Guy's and St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust, London, UK;

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“I just ran out” appears to be a common explanation for discontinuation of oral contraception in clinical experience but surprisingly this was not mentioned in the excellent article by Inoue et al.1

There is a simple option for reducing the risk of “just running out”: supply more months of contraception per prescription. A recent systematic review2 found two randomised controlled trials and two cohort studies (168 075 women) of good quality that compared continuation …

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