Free audio conference looks at contraceptive

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 Extended-Use Contraception: What You Should Know About Seasonal and Other Options, an audio conference on Oct. 9, 2003, from 2-3 p.m., ET. The free 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, editor of Contraceptive Technology Update, and professor of gynecology and obstetrics at Emory University in Atlanta.

Presenters will be Hatcher, who will act as moderator; Lee Shulman, MD, professor of OB/GYN at Northwestern University, 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.

Each participant in the conference can earn FREE CE or CME for one low facility fee. Invite as many participants as you wish to listen to the audio conference for $99, and each person will have the opportunity to earn 1 nursing contact hour or 1 AMA Category 1 CME credit. The conference package also includes handouts, additional reading, a free 48-hour replay of the live conference, and a CD recording of the program.

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 When ordering, reference effort code: 84271.