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 research program investigates policy-relevant questions about women’s reproductive health. Our research aims to reduce high 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. We are an interdisciplinary team of clinician-scientists and social scientists, working together to make a real-world impact.

Our research is guided by a commitment to:

  • Access: We experiment with new ways to improve women’s access to the full spectrum of contraceptive options, including the most effective methods.
  • Autonomy: We believe in empowering women to make informed choices.
  • Equity: We are committed to reducing health disparities and improving health for all, regardless of age, race, ethnicity, income or other social factors.

Research Areas

Access to Contraception
We evaluate barriers to care and new approaches for improving access to effective contraception, especially for underserved populations including adolescents.

Translational Research
We conduct translational research to bring evidence to the forefront of clinical practice and policy change and have helped to transform the provision of long-acting reversible contraception and emergency contraception in the US and globally.

Contraceptive Choice & Use
Our research on women's and men’s contraceptive knowledge, decision-making, use and pregnancy outcomes informs efforts to promote contraceptive awareness, access, reproductive autonomy and healthy equity.

Global Research
Our work in low-resource settings focuses on access to contraception, improved women’s health and the integration of new technologies into clinical practice.

Featured Research: National Trial on LARC Training

Infographic: Half as many family planning clients had unplanned pregnancies (15 to 8 out of 100 women)

New research shows that better education and counseling about women's birth control options can dramatically reduce unintended pregnancies.

Published in The Lancet, our study demonstrates that our UCSF CME-accredited training curriculum for health care providers reduced the number of unintended pregnancies among teens and young women by almost half. The training also increased providers' counseling and women's awareness of effective birth control options, including IUDs and implants.