Christine Dehlendorf, MD, MAS, University of California, San Francisco

Background: Women in the US have extraordinarily high rates of unintended pregnancy, with poor and minority women disproportionately experiencing this adverse reproductive health outcome. This high rate of unintended pregnancies is caused in part by the under-use and misuse of effective contraceptive methods. As in the US all non-barrier methods of contraception require consultation with ...Read more >

Alison Edelman, MD, MPH, Oregon Health & Science University

Prostaglandin inhibitors may be a viable alternative to the currently available hormonal contraceptive methods. Hormonal contraception, although highly effective, is not tolerated by some women, and contraindicated in others. Hormonal emergency contraception works primarily by inhibition of ovulation, and therefore fails in women who use the method after release of the oocyte. Studies have shown ...Read more >

Stephanie Teal, MD, MPH, University of Colorado

Mistimed pregnancy in diabetics may lead to significant health risks. Although good glycemic control prior to pregnancy can ameliorate these risks, most diabetic pregnancies start with suboptimal glucose control. Pregnancy planning requires effective contraceptive use. Little is known about contraceptive decision-making by diabetic women, and barriers to contraceptive use they face. Women from minority populations ...Read more >

Amy Whitaker, MD, MPH, University of Chicago

Provision of effective contraception in the postpartum period is a vital component of pregnancy care. The intrauterine device (IUD) is an excellent method of contraception and is appealing for use in the postpartum period. Immediate postplacental insertion of the IUD (insertion within 10 minutes of delivery of the placenta) has been studied for decades, and ...Read more >

Alison Edelman, MD, MPH, Oregon Health & Science University

The US has the highest unplanned pregnancy rate of any developed country (49%). Even women using birth control can experience an unplanned pregnancy. The number of US women taking oral contraceptives (OC) who experience an unintended pregnancy amounts to half a million over a year’s time. Many of these birth control failures occur because of ...Read more >

Eleanor Drey, MD, EdM, University of California, San Francisco

There are several benefits of offering implantable etonorgestrel (“the implant”) in the post-abortion population, and its availability may significantly decrease repeat unintended pregnancy. Our prospective cohort study evaluated acceptability of post-abortion implant placement, its effect on post-abortion bleeding, and an ongoing evaluation of one-year continuation. In addition, supplemental funding made recruitment of more implant subjects ...Read more >

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