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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 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 >
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 >
Through our education program and partnerships, we help individuals and communities achieve sexual and reproductive health. see more >
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.
Happy Holidays! We appreciate your continued interest in our work and support of sexual and reproductive health and rights locally and globally. We hope that you will continue to follow our progress in 2015.
Job Opportunity: We are looking for a Research Specialist 2 to collaboratively work in the development and analysis of both qualitative and quantitative research across the Section and Ci3. A complete job description is here (Requisition #096587).
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.
Parent-Daughter Communication About Abortion Among Nonpregnant African-American Adolescent Females
A new publication by former family planning fellow Dr. Katherine Sisco and Section Chief Dr. Melissa Gilliam found that sexually active adolescents rarely talk to their parents about abortion. Rather than forcing communication after an unwanted pregnancy, policies should promote parent-daughter communication before it occurs.
Impact of a theory-based video on initiation of long-acting reversible contraception after abortion
Section researchers developed a video intervention to increase awareness of LARC methods immediately after abortion. We presented our findings at the Fellowship in Family Planning annual meeting, Chicago, IL, April 25-27, 2014.
Factors Influencing Parental Involvement Among Minors Seeking an Abortion
This qualitative study found that pregnant teens turn to parents and adults who are engaged in their life and offer support, regardless of her pregnancy decision.
Digital Media and Sexually Transmitted Infections
Authors Dr. Melissa Gilliam, Dr. Julie Chor, and Dr. Brandon Hill review the recent literature and discuss the potential role of technology in reducing risk and encouraging health-seeking behaviors.
A Systematic Approach to Improving Intrauterine Device Services in Family Planning Clinics
Dr. Melissa Gilliam's research, published in Contraception, applies a process called Failure Modes Effects and Criticality Analysis (FMECA) to evaluate clinic care. To improve IUD delivery, an FMECA was implemented in three Title X clinics and revealed that the areas most in need of improvement and redesign were the scheduling and intake process and the lack of time for counseling.