There have been exciting new developments and research related to currently available contraceptives. In addition, in the last seven years, emergency contraception has gone from behind the counter to being FDA-approved for use. This issue addresses the most important clinical leaps in contraception and family planning in the last decade, with emphasis on new options for long-term, reversible contraception and emergency contraception. Information is also included to address the impact of Affordable Health Care and legal aspects of sterilization.
By Pamela S. Lotke, MD, MPH, University of Arizona, Tuscon, AZ