Welcome to Genova 2002.
On behalf of the Organising and Scientific Committee we welcome you to the 7th ESC Congress in Genova, the old famous seaport in the Liguria region of Italy which enjoys a mild climate and great natural beauty.
The title of the 7th Congress of the European Society of Contraception is "Attitudes, prevention and care to contraception and reproductive health". Advances in scientific knowledge, research and development in recent decades have resulted in an increasingly wider choice of new contraceptive methods and improvements in the safety and effectiveness of existing methods.
However, on a global scale, every minute: 380 women become pregnant; 190 women face an unplanned or unwanted pregnancy; 110 women experience a pregnancy related complication; 40 women have an unsafe abortion; and every minute one woman dies from complications related to pregnancy and childbirth.
One of the most important issues in improving reproductive health care is an approach on meeting people's needs rather than just reducing fertility. This implies a closing of the existing large regional and international gaps in quality services offered by reproductive health care providers, programmes and contraceptive suppliers. Changed attitudes, new contraceptive developments, appropriateness of methods and introduction strategies needs to be disseminated rapidly over the next several years.
The Congress will start with a keynote lecture on "Contraception and society" and in the various sessions the social dimension of the contraceptive strategies will be widely debated. A practical emphasis will be put on the new achievements in the area of estrogen and progestogen receptors directly linked with the contraceptive methods.
Large proportion of the time will be allocated to the presentation and discussion of the potential risks related to contraception and family planning: the risk of STD, and for the users of OC the evaluation of the risk for deep venous thrombosis. Another interesting issue will be the use of OC at the end of fertile age taking in account the positive effects on the cycle and its protective effect on ovarian and endometrial carcinogenesis. Male contraception, postcoital contraception, as well as sterilization and abortion, will be described as alternative methods of family planning.
Of essential importance, the various aspects of contraceptive counseling will be illustrated and discussed with the aim to improve the compliance of the contraception, an essential part of the reproductive health.
Finally, it is our hope an belief that the title of the Congress and scientific programme of the congress will be acknowledged as a support to the perception of contraception not only as key intervention for improving female health care, but also as a human right.
President Organising Committee
President Scientific Committee
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