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Nurse Practitioners of Women's Health Publishes Issue Highlighting Contraception History and Advancements

Posted Oct 04 2009 11:11pm

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Special Edition Commemorates Ortho's 75 Years of Commitment to Women's Health

The National Association of Nurse Practitioners for Women's Health (NPWH) announces the release of Women's Health Care(TM): A Practical Journal for Nurse Practitioners, a special commemorative issue that focuses on the colorful history of contraception and recognizes the important contributions and ongoing commitment of Ortho Women's Health & Urology, a Division of Ortho-McNeil Pharmaceutical, Inc. The peer- reviewed publication, in its entirety, is available at and"As a nurse practitioner for over 30 years, I have witnessed Ortho's continuous presence and dedication to both women and health care practitioners," says Susan Wysocki, RNC, NP, FAANP, president and CEO of NPWH. "We developed this special issue because we have a shared mission to improve the lives of the women we serve."

The NPWH Women's Health Care issue examines the history of contraception, revealing ancient forms of popular birth control and how each has evolved over time. From Greek philosopher Aristotle recommending plant-based oils as a spermicide to legendary 18th century womanizer Casanova who experimented with a number of birth control methods including condoms made of linen and cervical caps fashioned out of empty half lemon rinds, contraception has been a fundamental, though often unmentioned, part of society.

The publication also retraces Ortho's place in contraceptive history, from the company's entry into the industry to more modern advancements such as the introduction of a low-dose multiphasic birth control pill and the transdermal contraceptive patch. Ortho was responsible for revolutionary discoveries such as the Papanicolaou smear stain to detect cervical and uterine cancer (known today as the Pap smear) and a treatment for the prevention of Rh hemolytic disease.

"Several themes come to mind when I think about the 75 years during which Ortho has been a leader in women's reproductive healthcare," says Anita L. Nelson, MD, professor of obstetrics and gynecology at the David Geffen School of Medicine at the University of California at Los Angeles. "Demonstrating commitment to research and product development, education of both patients and clinicians, and innovation in related areas, Ortho has projected a commitment to the long-run for all its corporate life."

The mission of the National Association of Nurse Practitioners in Women's Health (NPWH) is to assure the provision of quality health care to women of all ages by nurse practitioners. NPWH defines quality health care to be inclusive of an individual's physical, emotional, and spiritual needs. Recognizing and respecting women as decision-makers for their health care, NPWH believes in protecting and promoting a woman's right to make her own choices regarding her health within the context of her personal, religious, cultural, and family beliefs.
A trusted source of information on nurse practitioner education, practice, and women's health issues, NPWH represents nurse practitioners that provide care to women in the primary care setting as well as in women's health specialty practices. NPWH also works with a wide range of individuals and groups within nursing, medicine, the health care industry, and the women's health community.

Ortho Women's Health & Urology, a Division of Ortho-McNeil Pharmaceutical, Inc. and makers of Ortho Tri-Cyclen® Lo (norgestimate/ethinyl estradiol) and Ortho Evra® (norelgestromin/ethinyl estradiol transdermal system), sponsored the 32-page issue as a part of their celebration of 75 years of partnering with women. For more information, please visit

Source: National Association of Nurse Practitioners for Women's Health (NPWH)

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