Contraception for the Transplant Patient

Christopher M. Estes, Carolyn Westhoff

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Patients who have had an organ transplant have a need for highly effective contraception. Intrauterine devices, depo-medroxyprogesterone acetate, and implantable etonorgestrel have the highest efficacy combined with the least chance of interaction with antirejection medication regimens. Combined hormonal contraceptives and progestin-only pills are also acceptable methods for patients who do not have other contraindications to their use. Barrier method use should be advocated for any patient who is entering a new sexual relationship and as an adjunct to other methods. Consultation with a gynecologist experienced with the provision of contraceptives to medically complicated patients is advised for all women of reproductive age who have received an organ transplant.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)372-377
Number of pages6
JournalSeminars in Perinatology
Issue number6
StatePublished - Dec 2007


  • contraception
  • intrauterine device
  • intrauterine system
  • organ transplant

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pediatrics, Perinatology, and Child Health


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