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Contraception: Choices, Culture and Consequences

Learn about the wide range of contraceptive methods, and the public health implications related to access to information and choices about reproductive health.


Course at a Glance

About the Course

This course gives a broad overview of contraceptive methods and explores issues that influence contraceptive choices today. 
We will discuss the mechanism of action, effectiveness, risk/benefit, side effects and contraindications for each contraceptive method, as well as ask some questions about contraceptive decision making. What are some of the factors that influence contraception use and decision making?   Are there specific cultural, ethnic, social and environmental factors?  We will also look at the relationship between contraception use and risk of acquiring Sexually Transmitted Infections (STIs). 

Course Syllabus

Week One: Introduction to Contraceptive Care and The Menstrual Cycle
Week Two: Long Acting Reversible and Non-Reversible Methods
Week Three: Hormonal Methods, Part One
Week Four: Hormonal Methods, Part Two
Week Five: Barrier, Fertility Awareness, and Lactation Amenorrhea Methods

Recommended Background

No previous background is required.

Suggested Readings

Hatcher, R.A., Trussell, J., Nelson, A., Cates Jr.,W., Kowal, D., & Policar, M.  Contraceptive Technology 20th Edition. 2011

Course Format

The class will consist of lecture videos, which are between 8 and 12 minutes in length. There will also be required reading assignments, case based study questions and weekly exams.


  • Will I get a Statement of Accomplishment after completing this class?

    Yes. Students who successfully complete the class will have the oportunity to receive a Statement of Accomplishment signed by the instructor.