Current Heart Failure Reports

, Volume 15, Issue 3, pp 161–170 | Cite as

Contraceptive Strategies in Women With Heart Failure or With Cardiac Transplantation

  • Anjli Maroo
  • Johnny Chahine
Pharmacologic Therapy (W.H.W. Tang, Section Editor)
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  1. Topical Collection on Pharmacologic Therapy


Purpose of Review

We describe contraception for two groups of women: (1) women with heart failure and (2) women with cardiac transplantation.

Recent Findings

Medical Eligibility Criteria for contraceptive agents address women with peripartum cardiomyopathy and women with valvular heart disease (Curtis et al. MMWR Recomm Rep 65:1–103, 2016). Recommendations for women with other forms of heart failure are extrapolated from these populations. Recommendations for women with cardiac transplantation have shifted since the 1980s: use of long-acting reversible contraception has increased, and there is a better understanding of the interactions between contraceptive and immunosuppressive regimens.


Women with heart failure may utilize long-acting reversible contraception and permanent sterilization. Modifications should be made according to the specific etiology of the heart failure. In women with cardiac transplantation, pregnancy is high risk and should be avoided altogether for 1–2 years after transplantation. In uncomplicated transplantation, almost all forms of contraception are allowable. In complicated transplantation, combined hormonal contraceptives are contraindicated, and de novo IUD insertion is not recommended.


Contraception Cardiac transplantation Heart failure Cardiomyopathy Estrogen and progesterone Intrauterine device 


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Conflict of Interest

The authors declare that they have no conflicts of interest.

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This article does not contain any studies with human or animal subjects performed by any of the authors.


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  1. 1.Cleveland Clinic-Fairview HospitalClevelandUSA

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