Experts back OCP on prescription

They were responding to the findings of a US study in 1000 women who wanted to be prescribed the combined oral contraceptive pill (COCP) which showed 6.93% had a potential medical contraindication but only 2.38% were found to have true medical contraindications after chart review.

True contraindications included hypertension, migraines with aura, venous thromboembolism and smokers aged over 35.

Dr Gino Pecoraro, the AMA’s spokesman for obstetrics and gynaecology,