Opinion: Lupus No Longer Seen As Complete Contraindication to Oral Contraceptive Use

BALTIMORE, Maryland—Clinicians are increasingly prescribing oral contraceptive pills (OCPs) for women with inactive or stable systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE), a dramatic change from former assumptions about OCPs in this population, according to Michelle Petri, MD, a rheumatologist at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine in Baltimore, Maryland and Jill P. Buyon, MD, a rheumatologist at the New York Hospital for Joint Diseases in New York City.

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