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The new FSRH guideline on Combined Hormonal Contraception: how does it change practice?
  1. Janine Simpson 1,2,3
  1. 1 Sexual and Reproductive Health, Sandyford, NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde, Glasgow, UK
  2. 2 College of Medical, Veterinary and Life Sciences, University of Glasgow, Glasgow, UK
  3. 3 Member of FSRH CHC Guideline Development Group, FSRH, UK
  1. Correspondence to Dr Janine Simpson , Sexual and Reproductive Health, Sandyford, NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde, Glasgow G3 7NB, UK; janine.simpson2{at}

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The UK Faculty of Sexual & Reproductive Healthcare (FSRH) has updated its 2012 guideline on combined hormonal contraception (CHC), reflecting new evidence and changes in practice.1 While changes are few, there are some important new recommendations relating to pill use patterns, reminders relating to safety and effectiveness, and new resources for clinicians. 

 A key development is that the 2019 guideline provides in-depth information about alternative patterns of pill taking (and on combined hormonal patch and vaginal ring use) that reduce length and frequency of the traditional 7-day …

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