Using telemedicine for contraceptive counseling

January 19, 2021

Telemedicine has become one of the main avenues for practicing medicine in the era of COVID-19. Here’s a look at contraceptive counseling when using such services.

After years of tentative moves toward utilizing telemedicine, the pandemic threw many clinicians into providing most or all care without being in the same room as the patient. Although some care can be difficult to provide this way, some providers found that contraceptive counseling was possible and that it should even be expanded with time.

The study in Contraception provided a survey to providers to ask about their experiences. Many indicated that they felt telemedicine were an effective way to provide needed contraceptive counseling. Most of the respondents said that they had to refer less than a quarter of their patients to in-person visits, with the majority of in-person visits being for the insertion of long-acting reversible contraceptives.

For more on the study, check out our sister publication Contemporary OB/GYN.