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Bringing easy-to-use, effective natural family planning to American women
Date:1/28/2009

Washington, D.C. A three-year award from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services' Office of Population Affairs to Georgetown University's Institute for Reproductive Health will enable federally supported programs in California and Massachusetts to offer the Standard Days Method, a highly effective, easy-to-use natural family planning method developed by Institute researchers.

In addition to making scientifically based natural family planning methods developed by the Georgetown researchers available to Title X clients, the $600,000 award will enable the researchers to test strategies to overcome barriers that limit the availability and use of natural family planning methods by individuals who get their heath care through this government-funded program.

Approximately 5 million people, the majority women, receive health-care services at Title X-funded clinics across the United States each year. Most Title X clients have incomes at or below 200 percent of the Federal poverty level. Only about 1% of women who receive Title X health care services currently use natural family planning methods.

Rebecka Lundgren, MPH, deputy director and director of research at the Institute, is the principal investigator on this new grant. Ms. Lundgren is also chair of the Population, Family Planning, and Reproductive Health Section of the American Public Health Association.

The Georgetown researchers have developed the only natural methods of family planning that have been clinically tested and introduced on an international scale in more than 25 years. The Institute's focus is on easy to use, effective natural methods such as the Standard Days Method which in a 2002 study was shown to be more than 95% effective at preventing pregnancy.

"The Institute has long taken a research-to-practice approach, focusing on feasible, culturally-appropriate ways to expand family planning choice and improve reproductive health. Our hallmark i
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Contact: Cindy Fox Aisen
cfa3@georgetown.edu
202-687-1392
Georgetown University Medical Center
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