Contraception

Online communication groups can increase positive attitudes towards contraceptive methods

UCSF Bixby Center

Peers are an influential source for information on types of birth control and people often consider them more trustworthy than clinicians.

Do no harm: Bixby members work to deliver patient-centered care to women worldwide

UCSF Bixby Center
In honor of International Women's Day, the UCSF Institute for Global Health Sciences profiled the work of 3 Bixby members bringing patient-centered care to women around the world.

My Birth Control tool improves counseling for patients and providers

UCSF Bixby Center
Choosing a birth control method can be complex, since most people have more than 10 methods that are medically appropriate. In order to promote a shared decision-making approach to contraceptive counseling and improve patient experiences selecting a birth control method, the Person-Centered Reproductive Health Care Program (PCRHP) created a decision support tool called My Birth Control, and tested its impact on both patients and providers.

The Pill is nearly 60 and still requires a prescription. Why is that?

Healthline
Dr. Jennifer Karlin talked to Healthline about the safety of providing birth control over the counter.

Trump rule gagging doctors is a threat to women's lives

CalMatters

Dr. Karen Meckstroth writes in CalMatters that new Title X family planning program regulations violate medical ethics and endanger patients' health. 

K Scholar Team Science Awardees Bring Family Planning Care to Liver Transplant Recipients

UCSF Bixby Center
When UCSF transplant hepatologist Monika Sarkar, MD heard about the “CTSI K Scholar Team Science Awards”, a research study on family planning among women with liver transplants immediately came to mind. Sarkar who specializes in women with liver disease, had known that fellow K Scholar, Bixby Center member Dominika Seidman, MD, was also family a planning specialist in the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, with experience working on contraception access in other patient populations

Providers adapt shared decision making for the complexity of contraceptive counseling

UCSF Bixby Center
Researchers from the Bixby Center and the UCSF Department of Family and Community Medicine did an in-depth analysis of how shared decision making plays out in counseling visits for birth control.

We must do a better job with birth control education

CALMatters

Marta Cabral writes about Beyond the Pill's research showing that we need to do a better job with birth control education to help community college students achieve their academic and professional

Proposed changes to the Title X family planning program

The Lancet

Drs. Jody Steinauer and Phil Darney argue that proposed changes to the Title X family planning program violate medical ethics in The Lancet. 

Research suggests Nepal can expand medication abortion in pharmacies without compromising pregnancy prevention

UCSF Bixby Center
New Bixby research explores whether providing medication abortion by auxiliary nurse-midwives in pharmacies has any impact of adoption of post-abortion birth control.