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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Moms and daughters

We conduct clinical and social science research to improve the reproductive health of women and adolescents. Our current clinical trial is an investigational study of estrogen-free birth control and we are looking for volunteers. see more >


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

People Doing Stuff

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 >

People Doing Stuff

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


December 2015

We are looking for a full-time clinical psychologist to provide clinical support and training for the Ryan Training program and the Pediatric and Adolescent Gynecology program. This position will also collaborate on research. To apply and view the complete job posting, click here (posting #02866).

September 2015

Section faculty Dr. Amy Whitaker and Illinois Congresswoman Jan Schakowsky led a Personal PAC panel discussion about issues surrounding abortion care.

August 2015

Section faculty Dr. Sabrina Holmquist commented on contraceptive choice and options in this month's Chicago Health Magazine.

March 2015

Chicago Women in Philanthropy honored Section Chief Dr. Melissa Gilliam with this year's Making a Difference award, recognizing her work championing sexual and reproductive health for women and girls.

January 2015

Section and Ci3 Policy Coordinator Lee Hasselbacher, JD commented on proposed legislation that would further restrict abortion access in The Guardian.

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October 2015

Motivational interviewing to improve postabortion contraceptive uptake by young women
This study tailored motivational interviewing (MI) counseling to the abortion setting, and found it feasible to train professionals to implement an MI-based intervention.

June 2015

Coverage of Contraception and Abortion in Illinois' Qualified Health Plans
A new report provides a review of contraception and abortion coverage among health insurance plans offered on Illinois' health insurance marketplace.

May 2015

Women's Experiences with Doula Support during First-Trimester Surgical Abortion
A Section qualitative study found that abortion patients value the social support provided by by doulas.

April 2015

Contraception for the Adolescent Patient
A new publication from second-year fellow Dr. Amber Truehart and Section faculty Dr. Amy Whitaker dispels contraceptive myths so that providers may better counsel adolescent patients to choose the best available method.

December 2014

Reproductive health counseling and practices: A cross-sectional survey of bariatric surgeons
Section faculty Dr. Julie Chor published research on the need for greater collaboration between bariatric surgeons and women's healthcare providers to address the reproductive health needs of women having bariatric surgery.

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