New methods included in interactive program

Women can get an on-line idea of what contraception options might best fit their lifestyle and health profile by using an updated interactive program found at the Washington, DC-based Association of Reproductive Health Professionals’ (ARHP) web site, www.arhp.org.

The program, Choosing a Birth Control Method, provides information about all Food and Drug Administration-approved contraceptive options and gives users recommendations on which methods may be best suited for them. Click on the program title to activate the program.

The updated program includes information on both the Evra contraceptive patch (Ortho McNeil Pharmaceutical, Raritan, NJ) and the NuvaRing contraceptive vaginal ring (Organon, West Orange, NJ). Choosing a Birth Control Method replaces ARHP’s previous interactive program, Successful Contraception. The tool is composed of 20 questions regarding lifestyle choices and medical history, and is designed to be completed in about five minutes. Once the questions are anonymously submitted, the user receives a list of possible contraceptive options. The tool also provides a general description, effectiveness rates, side effects, and the approximate cost for each method.

For more information on the Family Planning Cooperative Purchasing Program and the Cooperative Purchasing Network, contact:

Sue Speth, 3600 Wilshire Blvd., Suite 600, Los Angeles, CA 90010-2648. Telephone: (213) 386-5614. Fax: (213) 368-4410. E-mail: speths@cfhc.org. Web: www.fpcpp.org.

For more information on family planning funding issues, contact:

National Family Planning and Reproductive Health Association, 1627 K St., N.W., 12th Floor, Washington, DC 20006. Telephone: (202) 293-3114. E-mail: info@nfprha.org. Web: www.nfprha.org.

October 2001 issue of Health & Sexuality, the quarterly magazine for clinicians published by Washing-ton, DC-based Association of Reproductive Health Professionals. The special issue was developed in collaboration with the Mautner Project for Lesbians with Cancer. Read the entire issue on-line free of charge at www.arhp.org/lesbianhealth.