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Counseling our patients regarding cycle control

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Highlights from a randomized clinical trial comparing a 21-day and a 24-day oral contraceptive regimen


Unscheduled bleeding (ie, spotting/breakthrough bleeding) and early, late, or absent withdrawal bleeding are common reasons cited by women for discontinuing use of oral contraceptives (OCs).3-5 A European survey of nearly 7000 current or past users of OCs found that women who experienced side effects such as unscheduled bleeding in the first 3 months of use were nearly twice as likely to discontinue use as those who reported no cycle control problems during this time.4

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