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Aims and Learning Outcomes

Gain a clear, theoretical understanding of the issues of contraception, abortion and fertility as central to the study of sexual health.

The module also provides an independent inrtoduction for medical and other professionals who do not wish to undertake the full MSc course.

Learn to:
  • Understand the concepts and principles of contraception
  • Critically assess the latest developments in contraception and reproductive health care
  • Understand the concepts and principles of abortion
  • Understand the concepts and principles of fertility
  • Appreciate the importance of reproductive health care research
  • Appreciate the role of applying research in the formulation of best practice in evidence-based medicine
  • Preconception counselling
  • Miscarriage and ectopic pregnancy - causes and management
  • Infertility - epidemiology causes and management
  • Assessment of the infertile couple
  • Contraception services
  • Clinical effectiveness in contraception and reproductive health
  • Contraception needs of young people
  • Abortion in England and Wales - epidemiology and legal framework
  • Attitudes to abortion and their effect on counselling
  • Reversible methods of contraception
  • Sterilisation - assessment for and methods of
Course content includes
  • Principles and practise of contraception
  • Contraceptive methods - a critical review
  • Latest developments in contraception
  • Infertility - epidemiology and causes
  • Assessment and current management of the infertile couple
  • Abortion in England and Wales - the legal framework
  • Termination of pregnancy - counselling and medical aspects
  • Preconception counselling
  • Genetic counselling
  • Recurrent miscarriage
  • Problems in early pregnancy:miscarriage, ectopics and early fetal demise
  • The consequences of child bearing
  • Clinical effectiveness in reproductive health care
  • Assessing the literature

Hazel Cann

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