Updates in Contraception From The XVI World Congress of the International Federation of Gynecology and Obstetrics

David A. Grimes, MD

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September 20, 2000

In This Article

Introduction

At the XVI World Congress of the International Federation of Gynecology and Obstetrics, new data on state-of-the-art as well as traditional methods of contraception were presented in 2 sessions on Monday, September 4, 2000. The presentations made at these sessions -- which included information about new materials for condoms, a reanalysis of the role of IUDs in tubal infertility, a male contraceptive, and a new procedure for sterilization -- showed that efforts to prevent unwanted pregnancy remain the focus of intense investigation on a global scale. In addition, presentations considering the role of sex education showed that it can be either powerfully effective or sadly ineffective in different settings. This report provides a critical review of the highlights of these sessions.

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