The guide can help providers discuss recent news that linked contraceptives to breast cancer.
A December 2017 study and its resulting news coverage created some confusion on the health risks associated with contraception. The study, published in the New England Journal of Medicine, suggested that some hormonal contraceptives are associated with increased risk of breast cancer.
The UNC Family Planning Division developed a counseling guide to help providers understand the article and its study methods, as well as information that may be helpful in counseling patients who have questions about it.
As always, women and their providers should discuss their current priorities and risks when deciding whether to start hormonal contraception and which contraceptive method is the best fit for them.