Contraception: A Primer for Pharmacists

Pharmacy Tech CEU
Contact Hours: 1.0 (0.1 CEUs)

Course Summary

Contraception is the purposeful use of interventions to prevent pregnancy after sexual intercourse. Contraception is a common reason many women seek healthcare, and pharmacists provide a vital and accessible resource for contraceptive education. By offering evidence-based information and counseling on administration, indications, side effects, and interactions associated with contraceptives, pharmacists can ensure their patients utilize contraception safely and effectively. This course will provide a review of the menstrual cycle and detail currently available contraceptive options. Mechanisms of action, side effects profiles, benefits, failure rates, and contraindications and warnings will be discussed for various contraceptives.

Course Objectives

Describe phases of the menstrual cycle

Compare and contrast contraceptive methods

Recall indications, contraindications, side effect profiles, and monitoring parameters for contraceptives

I. Introduction

II. The Menstrual Cycle: An Overview

1. The Follicular (Proliferative) Phase
2. Ovulatory Phase
3. Luteal Phase

III. Contraceptive Options

IV. Nonpharmacologic Therapies

1. Fertility Awareness Methods
2. Barrier Techniques

V. Pharmacologic Therapies

1. Spermicides
2. Hormonal Contraception
3. Combined Hormonal Contraceptives (CHCs)
4. Oral Contraceptives
5. Transdermal Contraceptives
6. Vaginal Rings
7. Important Considerations of CHC Use
8. Progestin-Only Contraceptives
9. Progestin-Only Pills (POPs)
10. Injectable Progestin
11. Long-Acting Reversible Contraception (LARC)
12. Emergency Contraception

VI. The Role of the Pharmacist

VII. Summary

How to Earn Credit:
To earn credit for this course, participants must:
  1. Read the course objectives and faculty planner disclosure
  2. Read the course material
  3. Complete the post-test with a minimum score of 70% and complete the course evaluation form.
  4. Results are automatically submitted to CPE Monitor

Faculty Planner Disclosure

The following individuals were involved in developing this activity: Liz Fredrickson, PharmD, BCPS, Pamela M. Sardo, PharmD, BS, and Susan DePasquale, MSN, PMHNP-BC. Pamela Sardo, PharmD, BS, was an employee of Rhythm Pharmaceuticals until March 2022, and has no conflicts of interest or relationships regarding the subject matter discussed. There are no financial relationships relevant to this activity to report or disclose by any of the individuals involved in developing this activity.

Unlabeled Use Disclosures

The information provided in this course is general in nature and it is solely designed to provide participants with continuing education credit(s). This course and materials are not meant to substitute for the independent, professional judgment of any participant regarding that participant’s professional practice, including but not limited to patient assessment, diagnosis, treatment and/or health management. Medical and pharmacy practices, rules, and laws vary from state to state, and this course does not cover the laws of each state; therefore, participants must consult the laws of their state as they relate to their professional practice. Healthcare professionals, including pharmacists and pharmacy technicians, must consult with their employer, healthcare facility, hospital, or other organization, for guidelines, protocols, and procedures they are to follow. The information provided in this course does not replace those guidelines, protocols, and procedures but is for academic purposes only, and this course’s limited purpose is for the completion of continuing education credits. Participants are advised and acknowledge that information related to medications, their administration, dosing, contraindications, adverse reactions, interactions, warnings, precautions, or accepted uses are constantly changing, and any person taking this course understands that such person must make an independent review of medication information prior to any patient assessment, diagnosis, treatment and/or health management. Any discussion of off-label use of any medication, device, or procedure is informational only and such uses are not endorsed hereby. Nothing contained in this course represents the opinions, views, judgments, or conclusions of LLC. LLC is not liable or responsible to any person for any inaccuracy, error, or omission with respect to this course, or course material.

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  • Target Audience: Pharmacy Tech
  • Contact Hours: 1.0 (0.1 CEUs)
  • Activity Release Date: 5/1/2023
  • Activity Expiration Date: 5/1/2026
  • Activity Type: Knowledge
  • UAN: 0669-0000-23-063-H99-T
  • Topic: Additional Topic Areas
  • CeBroker Number: 20-1040454


Liz Fredrickson, PharmD, BCPS



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