Pre-congress workshops

Overview workshops for download

Date and location

Wednesday 4 May 2016, Congress Center Basel 

Registration needed!

If you are interested in attending one of the pre-congress workshops, please indicate this on the congress registration form. All workshops are in parallel - you can only register for one workshop.

Registration fee is

- 25 euro if combined with congress registration
- 40 euro if workshop registration only (without attending the congress)

Workshop 1 (15:30 - 17:30) - maximum 30 participants Basic training session on contraception for doctors and nurses 
Workshop 2 (15:30 - 17:30) - maximum 40 participants Hands-on IUDs and implants
Workshop 3 (15:30 - 17:30) - maximum 25 participants Sexual history-taking - from theory to practice
Workshop 4 (15:30 - 17:30) - maximum 30 participants - in German! Kontrazeptionberatung: ein Workshop für nichtärztliche Berater/innen - nurses and midwives 
Workshop 5 (15:00 - 17:30) - maximum 60 participants How to organise and publish a study
Workshop 6 (15:30 - 17:30) - maximum 20 participants Abortion - manual vacuum aspiration
Workshop 7 (15:30 - 17:30 - maximum 60 participants Medical abortion
Workshop 8 (15:30 - 17:30 - maximum 20 participants How to prevent and minimise contraceptive failure - the psychosomatic perspective and approach


Workshop 1

Lima 15:30 - 17:30

Basic training session on contraception for doctors, midwives & nurses

Moderators: S. Randall (UK), M. Kishen (UK), S. Mehigan (UK), P Baraitser (UK)

This interactive workshop is aimed at doctors, midwives and nurses working in contraception and sexual health. Using a mixture of lectures, case scenarios and games, you will cover the following topics at a basic level:

  1. Principles of contraceptive counselling and choice:
    a.     GATHER – Greet, Ask, Tell, Help, Explain, Return
  2. Overview of contraceptive methods, including hormonal, non-hormonal, long acting reversible contraceptives (LARC) and emergency contraception
  3. Medical Eligibility Criteria (MEC) and a case based approach to learning to use the MEC wheel.
  4. General discussion and question time.

The importance of taking into consideration a sexual history will be discussed, but sexually transmitted infections will not be covered in this session. You will be provided with a list of useful websites and a book list. We hope that you will share your acquired knowledge with your colleagues at home. 

Workshop 2

Delhi 15:30 - 17:30

Hands-on IUDs and implants

Moderators: R. Beerthuizen (the Netherlands), B. Frey Tirri (Switzerland)

Long-acting reversible contraceptives (LARC), such as hormonal implants, intrauterine hormone-releasing systems (IUS) and copper-containing intrauterine devices (IUD), are at least as effective as sterilisation. It is therefore important to be familiar with the techniques to be able to apply the different methods if chosen as a method of preference by the patient. After a short introduction about the different methods, the timing of implantation or insertion, the necessary preparation of the patient, the equipment needed for implantation or insertion, and pitfalls to face during implantation or insertion, individual training on models starts. Insertion of an IUD, an IUS, a hormonal implant or a copper implant may occur at any time during the menstrual cycle as long as pregnancy may be reasonably excluded. For practical reasons it is recommended to insert between days 3 and 5 of the menstrual cycle, as there is less discomfort because of ongoing menstruation and pregnancy can be excluded. During this interactive workshop, subdermal implantation of the Implanon NXT® will be taught using the new insertion system. The home uterine trainer (HUT®) will be presented to practise insertion of the intrauterine copper implant Gynefix®. For the Mirena® intrauterine system a special insertion procedure has been developed for correct placement of the device. Most modern copper IUDs are inserted using the push-in technique. After this training session you will be capable of applying all these techniques in your surgery.

Workshop 3

Shanghai 1 15:30 - 17:30

Sexual history-taking - from theory to practice

Organised by the ESC Expert Group on Sexual Medicine and Sexuality Education
Moderators: D. Apter (Finland), L. Erofeeva (Russia), G. Grandi (Italy), O. Kapella (Austria), U. Sauer (UK), K. Sedlecky (Serbia), C. Winkelmann (Germany)

The workshop will aim at strengthening the communication skills of health service providers. Open communication and a tolerant and accepting attitude are crucial to learn about a client and his/her specific health issues and offer appropriate care and counselling. The workshop will introduce different concepts of sexual history-taking, e.g. the 2013 guidelines of the British Association for Sexual Health and HIV (BASHH). Participants will have a chance to discuss the central elements of sexual history-taking that are most relevant to their daily practice. Role-play in small groups will give a chance to practise communication skills and, in particular, sexual history-taking skills. Feedback will be provided so that skills can further be improved.


  • Welcome, short round of introduction
  • Small buzz groups
  • is sexual history-taking routine in your country, and, if yes, in which clinical/non-clinical setting?
  • Presentation of the principles of sexual history-taking
  • Discussion of the most important elements
  • Role-play: groups of three to four people (one client, one service provider, one to two observers)
  • Discussion of role-play in the group
  • Feedback round

Workshop 4

Kairo 1 15:30 - 17:30 (in German!)

Kontrazeptionberatung: ein Workshop für nichtärztliche Berater/innen - nurses and midwives

Moderators: G. Merki (Switzerland), R. Draths (Switzerland), K. Schaudig (Switzerland)

  • What should not be forgotten when taking a patient's history
  • Repetition of contraindications and benefits of hormonal contraception and IUDs
  • Important aspects in the counselling of adolescents
  • Counselling in women aged 35 and above
  • Counselling disabled women

Workshop 5

Shanghai 2 15:00 - 17:30

How to organise and publish a study

Moderators: J.J. Amy (Belgium), I. Lete Lasa (Spain)


  • Epidemiological studies
  • Clinical trials/systematic reviews
  • Writing the paper and getting it published
  • Discussion (30 min)
  • Test (30 min)

Workshop 6

Kairo 2 15:30 - 17:30

Abortion - manual vacuum aspiration

Organised by the ESC Expert Group on Abortion with support from WomanCare Global Coordinators: S. Searle (UK) O. Ohizua (UK) P. Lohr (UK)

This is a hands-on workshop intended for those who would like to extend their skills to manual vacuum aspiration (MVA). There will be a chance to practise using a syringe and cannula on a simulated uterus (papaya). By the end of this workshop participants will have learnt how to fit together and operate the necessary equip- ment, gained knowledge of appropriate pain relief, learnt how to safely undertake MVA of uterine contents and learnt how to provide support for the patient.


Workshop 7

Shanghai 3 15:30 - 17:30

Medical abortion

Organised by the ESC Expert Group on Abortion.
Coordinators: T. Bombas (Portugal), S. Rowlands (UK)

Part 1 15:30 - 16:30 Early medical abortion - led by T. Bombas
Part 2 16:30 - 17:30 Medical abortion after 9 weeks - led by H. Kopp Kallner

This workshop is designed to familiarise clinicians with the management of medical abortion. Because of the practical issue that medical abortion after 9 weeks needs inpatient care and different regimens, the workshop is split into two parts, the first up to 9 weeks' gestation and the second after 9 weeks' gestation.

Workshop 8

Darwin 15:30 - 17:30

How to prevent and minimise contraceptive failure - the psychosomatic perspective and approach

Organised by ISPOG
Coordinators: Sibil Tschudin (Basel) - Heather Rowe (Australia)

Increased availability of effective contraceptives have led to a remarkable reduction of abortion rates in most European countries over the last decades. However, contraception is still often not at all or not efficiently practiced and results in unwanted pregnancy and consequently in abortion. Some risk factors for contraceptive failure have been identified, especially for repeat abortion, but to date – aside from LARCs – no convincing preventive strategy is available. Individually-adapted counselling with the necessary communicative skills and geared at motivating women and couples to adhere to their contraceptive method, might nevertheless have an impact.

The workshop will start with an overview of available research data, followed by suggestions for helpful communicative techniques, such as motivational counselling. The workshop will then focus on practical applications. On the basis of case examples, participants will have the opportunity to practice and discuss counselling strategies. Participants are also invited to bring along their own cases and questions. 



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