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I read the article on hormonal contraception with great interest. The summary is easy to understand and has clarified some issues for me while serving as a refresher regarding others. However, I had been hoping that the authors would have also written about the following questions that are of major importance in routine general medical practice: depression triggered by the pill, increased appetite owing to the pill, edema resulting from the pill, increase in breast size because of the pill, sometimes including stretchmark formation prompted by the pill, and pill-induced changes to a woman’s libido. It is worth mentioning that every packet of contraceptive pills includes information about the consequences of missing a pill, and what to do in such a scenario.

DOI: 10.3238/arztebl.2011.0768a

Hubertus Tesdorpf
Bad Oldesloe

h.tesdorpf@googlemail.com

Conflict of interest statement
The author has received honoraria for presentations from Mundipharma.

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Wiegratz I, Thaler CJ: Hormonal contraception: what kind, when, and for whom? Dtsch Arztebl Int 2011; 108(28–29): 495–506. VOLLTEXT
1.Wiegratz I, Thaler CJ: Hormonal contraception: what kind, when, and for whom? Dtsch Arztebl Int 2011; 108(28–29): 495–506. VOLLTEXT