Pick a Pill! Oral Contraceptive Pill Prescribing for Beginners

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Pick a Pill! Oral Contraceptive Pill Prescribing for Beginners - 2023Conf


1.0 NAPNAP Contact Hour of which 1.0 contain pharmacology content. This continuing education activity is offered at a reduced rate to NAPNAP Members. This continuing education activity rate is $10.00 for NAPNAP Members. For non-members, this continuing education activity rate is $20.00. This course is an archived presentation from NAPNAP's 2023 National Conference and is offered free with a coupon for conference attendees until 12/31/23. 

Designed for early career pediatric-focused APRNs, this presentation will review key components of prescribing oral contraceptive pills. Both progestin-only and combined hormonal contraceptives will be included. Attendees will leave feeling confident in their ability to prescribe and manage adolescents who desire oral contraceptive pills for not only contraception, but also dysmenorrhea and acne management.

Please note that this program is a recording from a live and virtual session from NAPNAP 2023 national conference in Orlando, Fla. If you earned CE for this session, this course will be a duplicate.

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Copyright 2023 © by National Association of Pediatric Nurse Practitioners 

This continuing education activity is administered by the National Association of Pediatric Nurse Practitioners as an agency providing continuing education credit. Individuals who complete this program and earn a 70% or higher score on the post tests will be awarded 1.00 National Association of Pediatric Nurse Practitioners contact hours.

Keyword: adolescent, reproductive health, sexual health, contraceptive, pharmacology, prescribing, dysmenorrhea, acne management.

Target Audience

Pediatric-focused advanced practice registered nurses.

Learning Objectives


  • Describe the mechanism of action of oral contraceptive pills and their effects on the menstrual cycle.
  • Describe the medical eligibility criteria for oral hormonal contraceptive pills.
  • Provide important anticipatory guidance related to oral hormonal contraceptive pills, including side effects and missed doses.
  • Appreciate some key differences between common oral contraceptive pills and when to prescribe what pill.
  • Identify at least one type of pills that they will be comfortable prescribing in their practice setting.
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Mary Gallagher, MSN, MPH, CPNP-PC

Elizabeth Sano, MS, APRN-CRNP, PMHS

Available Credit

  • 1.00 Contact hours


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