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In February 1996, IPPF/WHR and the Population Council’s Ebert Program on Critical Issues in Reproductive Health jointly hosted a meeting on the challenge of incorporating sexuality into family planning. This report was compiled after organizers concluded that the ideas and strategies presented during the meeting merited wider recognition and debate within the family planning field. The meeting examined five myths that have prevented family planning and reproductive health services from dealing directly with issues of sexuality and gender. The report draws principally on the discussions from the meeting as well as on the perspectives of the organizers. The authors hope that this report will encourage others in the field to think about how to offer family planning and reproductive health services in ways that promote individuals’ ability to identify and meet their sexual health needs and in ways that enhance equality between intimate partners. By dealing more openly with issues such as pleasure and power, family planning and reproductive health programs will better serve their current clients and attract many new ones.