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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.