Clinical References

US CDC Medical Eligibility Criteria for Contraceptive Use

  • Eligibility to use various contraceptive methods for selected medical conditions and patient characteristics

US CDC Selected Practice Recommendations for Contraceptive Use

  • Missed pill instructions
  • Guidance for contraceptive management issues

Emergency Contraception Guide for Pharmacies and Retailers

Providing Ongoing Hormonal Contraception after Use of Emergency Contraceptive Pills

Efficacy of Emergency Contraception and Body Weight: Current Understanding and Recommendations

Get Listed

Providing birth control directly to patients? List your practice on the Bedsider Health Center Locator Tool to make it easier for patients to find you.

Selling, dispensing, and/or prescribing emergency contraception?  List your pharmacy or practice on the Bedsider Emergency Contraception Locator Tool to make it easier for patients to find you.

Pharmacist Authorities

California Protocol for Pharmacy Access to Emergency Contraception

  • Pharmacist protocol to furnish ulipristal and levonorgestrel emergency contraceptive pills
  • Patient fact sheets

California Protocol for Pharmacy Access to Hormonal Contraception

  • Pharmacist protocol to furnish self-administered hormonal contraceptives
  • Patient self-screening tool

California Senate Bill 493 Pharmacy Practice

  • Pharmacist authority to order and interpret drug therapy-related tests
  • Pharmacist authority to furnish self-administered hormonal contraception
  • Pharmacist authority to furnish travel medications
  • Pharmacist authority to furnish nicotine replacement products and smoking cessation services
  • Pharmacist authority to initiate and admnister immunizations/vaccines to patients ≥ 3 years of age
  • Advanced Practice Pharmacist recognition and authority for advanced pharmacy practice

Oregon House Bill 2879

  • Pharmacist authority to furnish contraceptive patches and self-administered oral contraceptives


Contraception Coverage by Insurers

Bedsider Providers

  • Articles to keep you up to date with clinical issues
  • Appointment reminders for patients
  • Patient education materials available online and in print

Pharmacist Prescribing vs. Over-the-Counter

Pharmacist Continuing Education

Self-Administered Hormonal Contraception: Pharmacist Protocol Basics available online from Birth Control Pharmacist, Pharmacist Planning Services Inc, and the Marin County Pharmacists Association. Fee is $129 for this 2 hour CAPE-approved CE activity.

Emergency Contraception: Clinical Aspects and Patient Care available online from ProCE, Inc.  No fees for participating in this 1.0 hour ACPE-approved CE activity.

Pharmacist-Furnished Hormonal Contraception available online from the California Pharmacists Association. Fee is $279 for this 2 hour ACPE-approved CE activity.

Comprehensive Contraception Education and Training for the Prescribing Pharmacist by Oregon State University.  Fee is $250 for this 5 hour ACPE-approved CE activity.

Other Education

Emergency Contraception and Medical Abortion: What’s the Difference?

Physicians for Reproductive Health’s Adolescent Reproductive and Sexual Health Education Program includes 20 modules and standard case videos