Dana Schonberg, MD, MPH, Albert Einstein College of Medicine

Objectives: Incarcerated women experience high rates of unintended pregnancy and many are interested in starting a form of birth control. Despite this contraception is not routinely available at jails and prisons. This study was undertaken to understand women’s perceptions of receiving contraception at Rikers Island Jail. Methods: In depth semi-structured interviews were conducted with women ...Read more >

Amy Stoddard, MD, Washington University in St. Louis

Objective: To compare 12-month pregnancy rates and time to pregnancy between women discontinuing the intrauterine device (IUD) and women discontinuing non-intrauterine contraceptive methods, including the oral contraceptive pill, contraceptive patch, vaginal ring, or etonogestrel implant. Methods: We recruited sexually active women 18-35 years of age enrolled in the Contraceptive CHOICE Project who had discontinued a ...Read more >

Tania Basu Serna, MD, MPH, University of Southern California

Background: Studies of weight gain in DMPA users have shown mixed results with most showing weight increase however the mechanism of weight gain with DMPA remains unknown. Functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) provides an important tool for investigating brain regions associated with food motivation. Objective: The primary objective is to examine changes in activation of ...Read more >

Katherine Damm, MD, The University of Chicago

Background: There is a paucity of research on access to and provision of family planning services in the rural United States, and specifically little attention has been paid to rural adolescents and their family planning needs. Rural women face general and reproductive health care disparities, which have previously been described. Most available family planning data ...Read more >

Tara Jatlaoui, MD, MPH, Emory University

Introduction: Over 100,000 bariatric procedures are performed yearly in the US. Women account for the majority of cases. Current clinical guidelines recommend women avoid pregnancy preoperatively and 12 to 18 months after surgery. This survey aimed to identify the family planning knowledge, attitudes, and practices of bariatric providers in the perioperative period. Methods: We conducted ...Read more >

Kathleen Morrell, MD, MPH, Columbia University

We conducted a cross-sectional web-based survey of US abortion providers who insert dilators prior to second-trimester dilation and evacuation procedures.  Providers were contacted via electronic mail through relevant professional organizations and in person at national conferences during 2011.  Respondents (n=271) were mostly female (74%), and OBGyn physicians (76%), with a median age of 40 years, ...Read more >

Lori Gawron, MD, MPH, Northwestern University

Background: Over 3% of pregnancies are complicated by a fetal abnormality, of which, approximately 80% are terminated. Despite early screening options, women often present at the cusp of legal limits for termination. Study Design: A qualitative study was conducted with women terminating pregnancies for fetal abnormalities. Semi-structured interviews explored reasons for termination timing. Analysis utilized ...Read more >

Britt Lunde, MD, MPH, University of Illinois

Objectives: Unplanned pregnancy is a public health problem in the United States, including in rural areas. Primary care physicians are the main providers of health care to women in rural areas, and are uniquely positioned to help reduce unplanned pregnancy in rural women. This study documents provision of contraception by rural primary care physicians, focusing ...Read more >

Meghan Schaefer, MD, MPH, University of Colorado

While previous studies provide interesting insights into baseline knowledge and attitudes towards the IUD, no research to date has examined factors leading to actual IUD initiation in adolescents. The role of the provider and peers in choice of IUDs is also not known. This study will attempt to examine actual predictors of IUD initiators in ...Read more >

Jennifer Salcedo, MD, MPH, MPP, University of California, Los Angeles

Background: Immediate postabortal intrauterine device (IUD) insertion decreases rates of repeat abortions. However, only one third of high-volume, non-hospital abortion providers in the United States offer immediate postabortal IUD placement. Study Design: We conducted a cost analysis from a public payer perspective to evaluate the potential cost savings associated with a policy of immediate postabortal ...Read more >

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