Welcome to Genova



to Genova 2002,


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”.


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.


attitudes, new contraceptive developments, appropriateness of methods and

introduction strategies needs to be disseminated rapidly over the next several



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:


risk of STD, and for the users of OC the evaluation of the risk for deep

venous thrombosis.


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.


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.



P.G. Crosignani

President Organizing Committee


S.O. Skouby

President Scientific Committee


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