Newer contraceptive methods and new techniques for old methods (such as hysteroscopic sterilization) are attractive to patients, and their contraceptive provider (or referring provider) should have a grasp of the wide range of options. The purpose of this course is to provide healthcare professionals with the information necessary to advise patients and prescribe effective and appropriate contraceptives. In addition, members of the public may use this course to enhance their personal knowledge of the subject matter presented.Upon completion of this course, you should be able to:1. Compare the efficacy rates of different contraceptive methods.2. Evaluate various barrier and spermicidal contraceptive options.3. Analyze the action and side effects of different combination oral contraceptive pills.4. Discuss the risks of long-term progesterone- only contraceptive methods.5. Outline the side effects and alternative indications for intrauterine devices.6. Compare and contrast traditional (surgical) and hysteroscopic sterilization.7. Identify special concerns in postpartum contraception.8. Describe different methods of providing emergency contraception.This 5-hour continuing education course is available for download for professional development; if continuing education credit is desired, please see instructions included in eBook.