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CONTRACEPTION RESOURCE CENTER AND UPDATED CHOOSING A BIRTH CONTROL METHOD ONLINE TOOL LAUNCHED AT REPRODUCTIVE HEALTH 2004



For Immediate Release
September 9,  2004

Contact: Ann McCall
Phone: (202) 466-3825
E-mail: communications@arhp.org
Website: http://www.arhp.org

WASHINGTON, DC (September 9, 2004) - The Association of Reproductive Health Professionals (ARHP), an education association representing leading healthcare providers, researchers, and educators in the field, announces two online contraception resources: the new Contraception Resource Center and the updated Choosing a Birth Control Method online tool. Both of these tools are being launched at Reproductive Health 2004, the annual meeting of ARHP and the National Family Planning and Reproductive Health Association (NFPRHA), held in conjunction with Planned Parenthood Federation of America and the National Association of Nurse Practitioners in Women's Health. The meeting is being held from September 8 - 11, 2004 in Washington, DC.

The Contraception Resource Center (www.arhp.org/contraceptionresources) is a comprehensive source for information on contraception for health care providers and their patients. Choosing a Birth Control Method (www.arhp.org/choosing) is an interactive Web tool designed to help patients choose which birth control method is best for them. By asking a series of questions about their lifestyle, health, and preferences, the tool lists specific birth control options that may be appropriate for the user.

"We first launched the Choosing tool in 1996 and it has been used by hundreds of thousands of individuals," says Wayne Shields, ARHP President and CEO. "This updated version is the most powerful and comprehensive ever, and the new Resource Center will help women and their health care providers make sense of the wide array of contraceptive choices."

Credentialed members of the press are invited to attend Reproductive Health 2004 at no charge. To view the agenda, go to www.arhp.org/conferences/ and for more information on attending the meeting, please contact Ann McCall, ARHP communications and policy manager, at amccall@arhp.org or (202) 466-3825. To view the new Contraception Resource Center on line, go to: www.arhp.org/contraceptionresources and to use the updated Choosing Tool, go to: www.arhp.org/choosing.

The Contraception Resource Center and updated Choosing a Birth Control Method tool were made possible by an unrestricted educational grant from FEI Women's Health.



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The Association of Reproductive Health Professionals (ARHP) is the leading source for trusted medical education and information on reproductive and sexual health. ARHP educates health care providers, informs consumers, and helps shape public policy. ARHP is a non-profit membership association composed of highly qualified and committed experts in reproductive health. ARHP members are health professionals in clinical practice, education, research, and advocacy and they include physicians, nurse practitioners, physician assistants, nurse midwives, researchers, educators, pharmacists, and other professionals in reproductive health. To learn more, visit: http://www.arhp.org.