Key points

• POC is available in a wide range of delivery systems.

• The dose of progestogen determines the mode of action and side effects.

• Irregular vaginal bleeding is a common reason for discontinuation of low-dose POC which do not inhibit ovarian activity completely.

• Despite normal ovarian activity the LNG-IUS is associated with amenorrhoea because of endometrial atrophy.

• Depo-Provera® inhibits ovarian activity completely and most users have amenorrhoea.

• There are few data on long-term safety. Theoretically POC are safer than CHC.

• POC does not increase the risk of cardiovascular disease.

• Depo-Provera® is associated with decreased BMD.

• Depo-Provera® may be associated with an increased risk of some sexually transmitted infections.

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