Audio conference looks at revolutionary contraceptive

Free presentation to target Seasonale

Extended hormonal contraception is drawing dramatic attention due to the desire of many women to reduce or eliminate the number of withdrawal bleeds associated with current birth control methods. The first extended-use oral contraceptive, Seasonale, was just approved by the Food and Drug Administration and is expected to have an enormous impact on family planners and OB/GYNs. This new therapy will reduce the number of periods a woman has to four a year. Researchers also are looking at extended use of the NuvaRing contraceptive vaginal ring and the Evra transdermal contraceptive patch.

To bring you up to speed with the exciting changes in this field, Thomson American Health Consultants offers a free audio conference program. Extended-use Contraception: What You Should Know About Seasonale and Other Options will be held Oct. 9, from 2-3 p.m., ET, and is open to the first 500 facilities to register. The conference will be replayed continuously for 48 hours following the original airdate to make it as convenient as possible for busy professionals to attend.

"I consider this [Seasonale] to be the most important change in hormonal contraception since birth control pills initially became available," says Robert Hatcher, MD, MPH, chairman of the editorial advisory board of Contraceptive Technology Update and professor of gynecology and obstetrics at Emory University.

Presenters will be Hatcher, who will act as moderator; Lee Shulman, MD, professor of OB/GYN at Northwestern University in Chicago; and Sharon Schnare, RN, FNP, CNM, MSN, a family planning clinician and consultant in Seattle.

After listening to this program, participants will be able to:

  • discuss current and future options for extended-use hormonal contraception;
  • list advantages of extended-use hormonal contraception;
  • recognize potential problems with extended-use hormonal contraception;
  • identify best candidates for extended use hormonal contraception.

Space is limited. This audio conference is open to the first 500 facilities to register. Each participant in the conference can earn FREE CE or CME — 1 nursing contact hour or 1 AMA Category 1 CME credit. The conference package includes handouts, additional reading, and a free 48-hour replay of the live conference. For more information, or to register, call Thomson American Health Consultants’ customer service department at (800) 688-2421 or (404) 262-5476, or e-mail This program is sponsored by an educational grant from Duramed, a division of Barr Laboratories. When calling, reference effort code: 84271.