Beyond the Pill promotes access and equity in women’s contraceptive health care. We build the research foundation to transform clinical care and women’s lives worldwide.

The Beyond the Pill program partners with health care providers, researchers and educators to improve women’s access to effective contraception and reproductive health care. We are an interdisciplinary team of researchers, clinicians and educators that contribute to science, policy and clinical practice change in the US and globally through research, training and education. We are science-driven and continuously innovating to improve women’s contraceptive care and health.

Beyond the Pill is a program of the Bixby Center for Global Reproductive Health at the University of California, San Francisco. UCSF is the nation’s leading university exclusively focused on health. Celebrating more than 150 years since its founding as a medical college, UCSF is dedicated to transforming health worldwide through advanced biomedical research, graduate-level education in health professions, and excellence in patient care.

Research

Our research program aims to reduce epidemic levels of unintended pregnancy in the US and globally through changes in access, care and policy. We study underserved populations, including adolescents and women in low-resource settings, with the goal of reducing health disparities and improving reproductive autonomy.

Our research focuses on:

  • Improving access to contraception and care.
  • Translating evidence to practice and policy.
  • Understanding contraceptive decision-making, use and pregnancy outcomes.
  • Promoting access to contraception, safe abortion and new technologies globally.

 

Training

Our training program helps providers to integrate the full range of contraceptives, including IUDs and implants, into routine contraceptive care and is a proven way to reduce unintended pregnancies.  

We have successfully trained thousands of health care providers, including community clinics, school health centers, hospitals, agencies with multiple clinics, and peer education groups.

Key features of our training:

  • Up-to-date science and professional guidelines on IUDs and implants.
  • Patient-centered counseling that supports reproductive autonomy.
  • Tested in a randomized scientific trial and shown to reduce unintended pregnancies by half.
  • CME/CE-accredited by the University of California, San Francisco School of Medicine.

Education

Our education program supports the right of all women to optimal reproductive health, regardless of income, age, ethnicity or other factors. We partner with health and educational organizations to educate young people about their contraceptive options.

Our educational program offers:

  • Free or low cost educational tools specially designed for adolescents and young women, including videos, posters and counseling guides.
  • Evidence-based educational presentations on IUDs and implants tailored for patients, college students, high school students and peer health educators.
  • Assistance in developing curricula, strengthening referral networks and increasing outreach.