We have recently updated our fact sheet on Fertility Awareness Methods (FAMs).
There has been a rise in popularity of period tracking and fertility tracking apps, used for ‘calendar-based’ fertility awareness methods. FAMs are methods where people become aware of the signs of fertility and learn to detect when they are most likely to become pregnant.
These methods rely on the motivation, experience, commitment and cooperation of all sexual partners to be effective for contraception or conception.
The fact sheet answers question such as ‘how effective are such methods?’ and ‘what are the advantages and disadvantages?.
Growing numbers of women are using contraceptive apps, but experts have warned they could lead to unwanted pregnancies.The Swedish app Natural Cycles, the only certified app for contraception, has seen a surge in the number of members from the UK in the past year with almost 200,000 signed up, an increase from 5,000 in 2016.
Sarah Hardman, the director of the Faculty of Sexual and Reproductive Healthcare’s clinical effectiveness unit in Edinburgh, expressed concern that while some women were very pleased with contraception apps, others had had unwanted pregnancies while using them.
SHINE SA hosts regular education sessions focused on clinically relevant issues. These sessions are available for doctors, nurses, midwives and other interested professionals. QI&CPD points can be applied for each session.
Forums include light refreshments, an educational presentation (1.5 hours CPD) and networking opportunities.
SHINE SA is trialling various software and all forums will be recorded and, quality permitting, uploaded for later access. Presenters will be recorded for video and audio, but audience will be audio recorded only.
UPCOMING CLINICAL FORUMS:
Tuesday 12 June Topic: Cervical Screening Update Presenter: Dr Amy Moten
Attendance at this forum will ensure your knowledge of the National Cervical Screening Renewed Guidelines is accurate and in line with best practice principles. SA Cervix Screening Program will have updated resources available on the day for you to add to your toolbox.
Tuesday 24 July Topic: Syphilis Presenter: Dr Danae Kent
This forum will cover recent trends in syphilis infection, syphilis serology and current recommendations for treatment. Come along and have your questions on this complex infection answered.
Tuesday 18 September Topic: Update on Sexually Transmitted infections Presenter: Dr Danae Kent
This forum will cover current trends in sexually transmitted infections and include recent updates to the Australian STI Management Guidelines for Use in Primary Care.
Tuesday 27 November Topic: Contraception Update Presenter: Dr Amy Moten
Network with peers before the silly season is upon us while hearing the latest trends and recommendations in contraception.
Where: SHINE SA, 64c Woodville Road, Woodville
Time: 6pm registration with presentations 6.30 – 8.30pm
Access to recorded forums: If you are interested in accessing recorded forums, please email firstname.lastname@example.org with the following information:
1. Forum Topic
2. Your full name
3. Your occupation (doctor, nurse, midwife, other – please state)
4. Your preferred email address
Even if Depo-Provera and other contraceptive injections raise the risk of HIV infection, withdrawing them from use in African countries would greatly increase maternal mortality, a modelling study has shown. The loss of life due to pregnancy complications and unsafe abortions would far outweigh the number of HIV infections prevented, according to the study published in the December issue of Global Health: Science and Practice.