|August 2004 · Vol. 16, No. 8
UPDATE on CONTRACEPTION
New Developments that are Changing Patient Care
• New routes, new regimensIAN
• Array of options for emergency contraception
• The IUD makes a comeback
Dr. Thorneycroft is professor, department of obstetrics and gynecology, University of South Alabama College of Medicine, and Bay Area Physicians for Women, Mobile, Ala. He also serves on the OBG Management Board of Editors.
It’s surprising to realize that the birth control pill, which launched a revolution in women’s sexuality and health, has been around for less than 50 years—especially considering the myriad of methods and products on the market today. New types of contraceptives have become available, more are on the way, and noncontraceptive benefits continue to accrue. This article reviews noteworthy changes and upcoming products.