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The Section of Family Planning and Contraceptive Research at the University of Chicago is committed to helping women and girls reach their full potential by bringing a life-course perspective to reproductive health.
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We conduct clinical and social science research to improve the reproductive health of women and adolescents. Our research explores how biological, interpersonal, and structural factors affect family planning attitudes and behaviors. see more >

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The Section is the proud  to provide comprehensive family planning services through our clinics. see more >

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Through our policy program, we advocate for policies that reduce disparities and improve the health of families by guiding research priorities and making research findings accessible. see more >

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Through our education program, we help individuals and communities achieve sexual and reproductive health. see more >

News

April 2014

Announcement
Job Opportunity: Ci3 is seeking a full-time Research Specialist 3. The job description can be found here.


April 2014

News
The Section and Ci3 have developed an online toolkit to optimize the delivery of IUD Care. The website provides a set of tools that clinical staff, healthcare providers, and administrators can use to identify and address system-level barriers to uptake of the IUD by clinic patients. Click here to view the toolkit, our study, and guidelines for future provider implementation.


March 2014

Announcement
Job Opportunity: Ci3's Game Changer Chicago Design Lab is seeking a Game Developer. The job description can be found here.


March 2014

News
Women Ages 18-35 Wanted for Oral Contraceptive Research Study. Click here for more information.


February 2014

News
The Section and Ci3 co-hosted its first "Cookies and Conversation" event. A recap can be found here.


January 2014

News
Andrea Friedman of the National Partnership of Women and Families joined us as a part-time consultant.


October 2013

News
The Section and its partner, the Center for Interdisciplinary Inquiry and Innovation in Sexual and Reproductive Health (Ci3), have formed a team for Comer Children's Hospital's Race for the Kids on October 6! Click here to learn more, join or sponsor us!


September 2013

News
The Section and its partner, the Center for Interdisciplinary Inquiry and Innovation in Sexual and Reproductive Health (Ci3), have relaunched the Section blog! Formerly exclusively for research, the blog will now provide policy, program and research updates and perspectives from faculty, staff and experts. Read the latest post here.


September 2013

Research
"Interventions Using New Digital Media to Improve Adolescent Sexual Health: A Systematic Review", co-authored by Section faculty Dr. Melissa Gilliam and former research staff Summer Martins, MPH, has been named one of 2013's most downloaded pediatrics and neonatology articles in the Journal of Adolescent Health. Click here for the abstract and more information.


September 2013

News
Section faculty Dr. Sabrina Holmquist has been promoted to Associate Professor. Since joining The University of Chicago in 2006, Dr. Holmquist has dedicated herself to the educational experience in women's reproductive health for students, residents and fellows. Congratulations!


September 2013

Policy
The Section of Family Planning has been named a 2013-14 partner of the Urban Initiative for Reproductive Health to advance abortion care and access. The Section will receive support to develop a toolkit for health care and social service providers on the current legal landscape of abortion access in Chicago. Click here for more information.


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Publications

February 2014
Correlates of Pregnancy Before Age 15 Compared With Pregnancy Between the Ages of 15 and 19 in the United States
A Section study examining the effects of very early teen pregnancy was published in Obstetrics & Gynecology online and also picked up by Reuters. Dr. Marcela Smid, a former OB-GYN resident at The University of Chicago Medical Center, coathored the paper with Section chief Dr. Melissa Gilliam, Section faculty Dr. Amy Whitaker, and then-Section staff Summer Martins, MPH.


December 2013
Postplacental insertion of the levonorgestrel intrauterine device after cesarean delivery vs. delayed insertion: a randomized controlled trial
Dr. Amy Whitaker and Section chief Dr. Melissa Gilliam co-authored an article e-published in Contraception that discusses their randomized controlled trial (RCT) designed to compare levonorgestrel intrauterine device (LNG-IUD) use at one year after delivery between women who received the device at the time of cesarean delivery and those who underwent delayed insertion 4-8 weeks after delivery.


November 2013
Deciding to Talk to a Parent about Abortion: The Experiences of Minors Before Illinois Required Parental Notice [PDF]
This research brief highlights initial findings from a study of young women seeking abortion in Illinois prior to enforcement of a parental notification law. Minors were asked whether they involved parents in their abortion decision and described motivations for wanting to include or exclude a parent.


September 2013
Use of Withdrawal and Unintended Pregnancy Among Females 15-24 Years of Age
Researchers from the University of Chicago Section of Family Planning and Contraception contributed to a study published in the September 2013 issue of Obstetrics and Gynecology that examined the prevalence of withdrawal among U.S. females aged 15-24 years and the correlation to unintended pregnancy. 


July 2013
Over-the-Counter Emergency Contraception: Improved Access for All Ages but Barriers Remain [PDF]
This brief describes the recent FDA approval of over-the-counter access to emergency contraception for all women and explores the obstacles that remain in the form of cost and religious refusal.


June 2013
Use of the IUD Among Adolescent and Young Women, 2002-2010
A new publication by Section researchers in the Journal of Adolescent Health determined factors associated with IUD use among adolescent and young adult women, populations where IUD use remains low. 


June 2013
Understanding Crisis Pregnancy Centers (CPCs) [PDF]
A new fact sheet describes how deceptive practices of CPCs can limit women's access to complete and accurate medical information, thereby undermining women's access to reproductive health care.


April 2013
Policy and Politics of Reproductive Health: Publications from our Conference
In collaboration with the Journal of Health Politics, Policy and Law, we are pleased to announce the publication of several articles from presenters at our 2011 conference on health care reform and reproductive justice. Articles by Harold Pollack, Adam Sonfield, Debra Stulberg, Amy Dworsky, Kym Ahrens, and Amanda Dennis can be found here.


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