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Letters Contraception for women

First consultation for the pill

BMJ 2009; 339 doi: (Published 05 October 2009) Cite this as: BMJ 2009;339:b4061
  1. Nicola D Jones, general practitioner on doctors’ retainer scheme1
  1. 1Roseneath Medical Practice, Buckley, Flintshire CH7 2JL
  1. nicolajones{at}

    In their clinical review of contraception for women, Amy and Tripathi specifically advise asking about “a personal and family history of deep vein thrombosis and measuring blood pressure at baseline” at the first consultation for the contraceptive pill.1 However, limiting history and examination to just these checks seems …

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