SHINE SA media release: CONTRACEPTION IS ESSENTIAL IN PREVENTING RISE IN UNINTENDED PREGNANCY DURING COVID-19

SHINE SA Media Release: 2 April 2020

Sexual and reproductive health must remain at the forefront of our minds during the COVID-19 pandemic. It is possible that throughout this crisis we may see a rise in unintended pregnancy as well as incidences of domestic violence, sexual violence and sexual coercion.  Unfortunately this could come at a time where our health systems are focused on the prevention and management of the pandemic itself. In addition to general sexual health services, access to pregnancy options including abortion may be impacted over the next 6 months.

Unintended pregnancy rates are already high in Australia. It is estimated that half of all pregnancies are unplanned. It is possible that self-isolation/quarantine measures could see an increase in unprotected sexual activity without reliable forms of contraception. These circumstances may contribute to unintended pregnancy and sexually transmitted infections in an environment where support systems and personal wellbeing have been affected.

SHINE SA asks that people consider all of their contraceptive choices at this time. This includes long-acting reversible contraception (LARC) options, especially if they do not wish to become pregnant in the near future. These options can be discussed with a general practitioner.

It’s also important that people are aware that they can access the emergency contraceptive pill (ECP) from community pharmacies. Oral emergency contraception is effective up to 120 hours after unprotected sex but the sooner it is taken, the greater the effectiveness.

  • South Australians looking for advice on any sexual health issue including contraception and unintended pregnancy can call SHINE SA’s Sexual Healthline.
    This is a free and confidential service provided by SHINE SA’s sexual health nurses. Call: 1300 883 793; Toll free: 1800 188 171 (country callers only).
    The Sexual Healthline is open Monday – Friday, 9:00 am – 12:30pm.
  • Australians can also call 1800 RESPECT, the national sexual assault, domestic and family violence counselling and information referral service. This service is available 24 hours a day, every day of the year. Yarrow Place Rape and Sexual Assault Service is a South Australian service for anyone who has been sexually assaulted. Call 8226 8777 or visit the Yarrow Place website for more information.
  • Visit the SHINE SA website for more information on Emergency ContraceptionChoices in Contraception and Safer Sex.
  • Download this Media Release.

Updated fact sheet on Fertility Awareness Methods (FAMs)

SHINE SA, May 2019

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?.

Efficacy of Contraceptive Methods chart – new edition 2019

Family Planning Alliance Australia, 2019

How effective is each contraceptive method? This revised chart compares methods of contraception for their efficacy. 

The figures have been derived by expert consensus using results from a variety of studies, selecting figures from studies which appear to be most comparable to Australian conditions.

Clinical Education Forum Recording: Contraception Update

SHINE SA, November 2018

Clinicians:  SHINE SA is pleased to present the following Clinical Forum by Dr Amy Moten on the topic of Contraception.

This recording is available free of charge, and access is limited to three months only.

This forum covers emergency contraception and new formulations of the Pill.

3 Category 2 RACGP Points can be awarded on completion of the forum.

Recording length: 1 hour 18 minutes

Rise of contraceptive apps sparks fears over unwanted pregnancies

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Clinical Education Forums at SHINE SA

SHINE SA, April 2018

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.

FORUM DETAILS:

Where: SHINE SA, 64c Woodville Road, Woodville

Time: 6pm registration with presentations 6.30 – 8.30pm

Fee: No cost to attend

DOWNLOAD FLYER:

Clinical Education Forums flyer

Access to recorded forums:  If you are interested in accessing recorded forums, please email shinesacourses@shinesa.org.au 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