Contraception can play an important part in a woman's life. Modern contraceptives provide a wide array of options for the effective prevention of unplanned pregnancy and sexually transmitted infections. The UK General Medical Services contract offers incentives to increase contraceptive service provision in general practice. This article considers contraception provision and the role of the nurse in enabling patients to make informed choices that reflect clinical best practice and the individual's life circumstances.
Anne Scott outlines recommendations for contraception and how practice nurses can help patients make informed decisions about the method they choose