Contraception Fundamentals

Clinicians can support patient autonomy and reproductive justice by using shared decision making to assist  patients choose a contraceptive method that is the best fit for their preferences, lifestyle and reproductive goals and having the skills and knowledge to provide patients with the full range of contraceptive options.

If you are looking for the LARC Insertion & Removal series visit this course page.

For more resources and citations open the dropdown for each video and click on the video title in the light blue box!

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Learning Objectives

After watching these lectures, learners will be able to:

  • Understand how to counsel patients for contraception using shared decision making
  • Discuss the benefits, efficacy, and side effects of each contraceptive method
  • Describe which methods can be used for emergency contraception
  • Choose a method of contraception that best meets the needs of each patient

Contraception Overview

Contraception 101

Presented by: Michalle Ramirez-McLaughlin, RN, MS, FNP-BC
University of California, San Francisco

Click here to download this video lecture, here to download the lesson plan/facilitator guide with quiz, and here to download the slides.

Additional Resources/Citations

Tiers of Efficacy Chart. Beyond the Pill.

CDC Medical Eligibility Criteria for Contraceptive Use.

LARC Insertion: Overview of LARC Methods

In this video, Dr. Biftu Mengesha gives an overview of the LARC methods covered in this video series. This overview includes IUD and implant effectiveness, safety, and how each device works.

For more videos in our LARC Insertion and Removal Series please visit our course page.

Prescribing Emergency Contraception

Presented by: Shokoufeh Dianat, DO
University of California, San Francisco

Click here to download this video lecture  and here to download the facilitator guide with quiz.

Click here to download the EC Decision Tree used in this video


Haeger et al. 2018; Glasier et al. 2011; Edelman et al. 2018; Kapp et al. 2015

Contraceptive Counseling

Contraceptive Counseling: Responding to Patient Preferences

This interactive presentation is designed to help learners actively listen to patient contraceptive preferences and was built in partnership with Medical Students For Choice.

Clinical Practice in Contraception

LARC Insertion: Managing Pain with IUD Insertion

As of 2023, new research demonstrates that cervical block is effective in reducing pain associated with tenaculum placement and IUD insertion, especially in adolescent and nulliparous patients. The recommendations in this video regarding cervical block techniques and other pain management strategies remain consistent with current evidence.

For more information, see the following citations:

This is How I Teach: CDC Selected Practice Recommendations

Presented by:

Valerie French
University of California San Francisco

This is How I Teach: SDM with LARC Methods

Presented by:

Christine Dehlendorf, MD, MAS
University of California, San Francisco

This is How I Teach: Immediate Postpartum IUD insertion

Presented by:
Sarah Prager, MD, MAS
University of Washington