Contraception for women over 40


Contraceptive choice for women aged over 40 years may be influenced by many factors: frequency of intercourse, natural decline in fertility, sexual problems, the wish for noncontraceptive benefits, menstrual dysfunction and concurrent medical conditions.

This guidance provides evidence-based recommendations to guide clinicians, women and couples in making decisions about contraceptive choices, including stopping contraception. It is beyond the scope of this guidance to make recommendations on management of the perimenopause and use of hormone replacement therapy (HRT), except in the context of contraceptive use.

You can download this Guidance on the FSRH website for free.

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Dr Ailsa Gebbie
Consultant Gynaecologist, NHS Lothian and Co-Director of the Clinical Effectiveness Unit of the Faculty of Sexual and Reproductive Health
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Dr Susanna Hall MRCOG MFSRH DipGUM
Completed Speciality Trainee in Community Sexual and Reproductive Healthcare in September 2017, About to take up post as a consultant in Sexual and Reproductive Health, Gloucester in October 2017
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