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Our research areas of interest include abortion, contraception decision-making, adolecent pregnancy and parenting, postpartum contraception, and more.

Clinical Trials

We conduct sponsor- and investigator-initiated clinical trials related to developing new contraceptive methods and evaluating existing ones.


Our faculty and research staff have authored a wide range of research reports and peer-reviewed articles.

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Featured Studies

Phase III clinical trial of a levonorgestrel-releasing intrauterine device and Mirena ®

A randomized, multi-center, open-label clinical trial assessing the safety and efficacy of a levonorgestrel-releasing intrauterine device.

Postpartum Adolescent Birth Control Study

A profile of 40 teens in their first postpartum year.

Adult Involvement in Abortion Decisions Among Minors

A qualitative study on how laws requiring parental notification for abortions on minors affect adolescents.

Research News

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.

August 2012

Improving Detection and Treatment of Cervical Cancer among Racial & Ethnic Minorities
Section researchers systematically reviewed the literature to determine which interventions improve the screening, diagnosis or treatment of cervical cancer for racial and/or ethnic minorities. The authors concluded that, among other things, patient navigation with telephone support or education may be effective at improving screening, diagnosis, and treatment.

August 2012

Partner Roles in Adolescent Mothers' Contraceptive Use
Qualitative research from the Section highlights the varying roles played by male partners in the contraceptive decision-making of adolescent mothers. The study revealed that while most partners supported adolescents' contraceptive use, others discouraged use over concern about hormonal methods or a desire to have another baby in the near future.October 2012