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Year : 2021  |  Volume : 11  |  Issue : 4  |  Page : 13-17

Contraception: What to use after a solid-organ transplant?

Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Institute of Kidney Diseases and Research Center-ITS, Ahmedabad, Gujarat, India

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Kunur Nikhilesh Shah
Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Institute of Kidney Diseases and Research Center (IKDRC and ITS), B.J. Medical College, Civil Hospital, Ahmedabad - 380 016, Gujarat
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DOI: 10.4103/aihb.aihb_70_21

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Solid-organ transplant increases the physical and mental well-being of women suffering from chronic kidney diseases. It also improves the menstrual and reproductive function of the transplant recipient, putting a woman at risk of unplanned pregnancy. Various contraceptive options are available to such women. According to the World Health Organization Medical Eligibility Criteria, almost all contraceptive methods belong to Category 2 for uncomplicated post-transplant recipients. For complicated renal-transplant patients, intra-uterine devices are Category 3/2, and combined hormonal contraceptives are Category 4. It is of paramount importance to discuss the pros and cons of each method, and this counselling should be included routinely before undergoing transplant surgery.

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