The news in the 17th edition is decreased estrogen. In 1977 the first edition of Managing Contraceptive Pill Patients listed 29 pills, 20 of which contained 50 mcg of estrogen – nearly 70%. The book was 100 pages in length, and offered 35 references. More than four decades later there are 150 pills in the 17th edition, but only five contain 50 mcg of estrogen. Ever-evolving research has been the standard for this resource, and is detailed in 673 references.

The new 17th Edition offers an analysis of each new pill listed in 18 tables, as well as other hormonal contraceptive delivery systems. 


  • 4 intrauterine delivery systems
  • 3 injectables
  • 2 vaginal rings, and
  • 1 skin patch and 1 implant.

The unique center-indexed format of the first edition was revolutionary in sharing an exhaustive quantity of medical data in tables and narrative. “The Pill” was a relatively new product in 1977. First released in 1960, patients and providers needed comprehensive, clear information that would ensure comfort, protection and continued use.  

The Sixteenth Edition of MCPP also included guidance on hormone replacement therapy. The additional content was valued by our clients, but it was decided that focus on new hormonal contraception data was needed in 2021. Both are available. The 16th Edition is still available in PDF format (

Accurate updates on the latest hormonal contraception delivery systems, including “the pill” offer a comprehensive overview in the New 17th Edition of Managing Contraceptive Pill Patients (2021) – 276 pages.

SOFTCOVER – $49.95 + s/h

DIGITAL VERSION – $39.95 (includes ePUB & PDF)

Available – TODAY – February 25, 2021

A Message from the Author about the New 17th Edition of :

Managing Contraceptive Pill Patients and Other Hormonal Contraceptives – 17th Edition


The Managing Contraceptive Pill Patients and Other Hormonal Contraceptives – Seventeenth Edition is intended to return “the pill book” to its origins. The original purpose was to provide accurate infor­mation about the hormonal activities of the “the pill” (oral contracep­tives) to enable physicians to select the safest “pill” for their patients. To provide physicians, nurses and other health professionals informa­tion about the causes and management of side effects of “the pill” that would ultimately allow patients to continue their use.

The first edition of Managing Contraceptive Pill Patients was pub­lished in 1977. It listed 29 pills, of which 20 contained 50 mcg or more of estrogen. It was 100 pages in length and offered 35 references in a separate section. “The pill” was the only hormonal contraceptive meth­od at the time.

The Seventeenth Edition lists 150 pills. Five contain 50 mcg of estrogen. There are now 17 hormone contraceptive delivery systems in addition to the oral pill. They include four intrauterine delivery systems, three injectables, two vaginal rings, one skin patch, and one implant. This edition includes 673 references in 280 pages.


Thank you to the dedicated readers who have found this publication valuable to their practice. I would like to introduce my Associate, Mad­ison Seymour, who has agreed to join me as a co-author and research partner in this, the Seventeenth Edition of Managing Contraceptive Pill Patients.

Madison earned a Master’s Degree in Public Health from the pres­tigious Rollins School of Public Health at Emory University. She has proven to be a dedicated advocate of public health, with a discernable passion for women’s sexual and reproductive health and family plan­ning needs. Those personal assets are valued as critical to her contribu­tion to this new edition. Madison’s strengths in qualitative and quantitative research methodologies and intuitive problem-solving skills are a tribute to the high standards we have set for this resource over the years.

Richard P. Dickey, MD, PhD and Madison Lynn Seymour, MPH

February 2021