Reproductive health, the Arab world and the internet

usage patterns of an Arabic-language emergency contraception web site

Angel M. Foster*, Lisa Wynn, Aida Rouhana, Chelsea Polis, James Trussell

*Corresponding author for this work

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Emergency contraception (EC) has the potential to reduce significantly the incidence of unintended pregnancy worldwide. In May 2003, the first Arabic-language web site dedicated to disseminating information about and increasing awareness of EC was launched. This paper examines patterns of web site use and user profiles over a 19-month period. Analysis of use shows that the Arabic web site users are interested in different aspects of EC than the English web site users, suggesting the importance of creating culturally specific content when adapting and translating health education materials. Arabic web site users demonstrate significant interest in general reproductive health issues not specific to EC, suggesting a need for greater availability of Arabic-language health education resources through the Internet.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)130-137
Number of pages8
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - Aug 2005
Externally publishedYes


  • Arabic language
  • Emergency contraception
  • Health education
  • Internet
  • Middle East
  • Reproductive health

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