Research

IUD in hand

Research projects are continuously being developed and implemented within the Family Planning Division. Past and present research includes evaluating the effectiveness and satisfaction of a levonorgestrel-releasing intrauterine system (IUD) for long-term, reversible contraception and the effectiveness of the insertion device. Faculty members within the Obstetrics & Gynecology department have developed a semi-quantitative pregnancy test that is being studied for post-abortion care and in vitro fertilization (IVF) treatment, and a dedicated IUD inserter for use in post delivery settings both domestically and internationally.

Fellowship research projects have included simplifying methods for IUD insertion and improving patient access and experience during 2nd trimester pregnancy termination by evaluating the effectiveness of Mifepristone during treatment.

 

A Study of a Levonorgestrel-Releasing Intrauterine System for Long-Term, Reversible Contraception

The primary objective of this study is to assess the efficacy of a levonorgestrel-releasing intrauterine system (LNG20) in nulliparous and parous females of child-bearing potential who request long-term, reversible contraception for up to 7 years. This study is ongoing, but is not recruiting patients.
Principal Investigator: Paul D Blumenthal, MD, MPH

Mifepristone versus osmotic dilators in conjunction with misoprostol for cervical preparation prior to D&E at 14-19 weeks

The objective of this study is to investigate the comparative effectiveness of mifepristone versus osmotic dilators in conjunction with misoprostol for cervical preparation for termination of pregnancy (D&E) at 14 to 19 weeks. This study is ongoing and is currently recruiting patients presenting for termination of pregnancy.
Principal Investigator: Gillian Schivone, MD, MS(c)

Comparative Study of Menstrual Blood and Systemic Blood: Quantifying the Difference

The primary objective of this study is to assess if menstrual blood could be utilized as a natural and non-invasive way of accessing blood samples for health monitoring and diagnosis. This study is currently recruiting participants. Please e-mail familyplanningresearch@stanford.edu for more information.
Student Investigator: Sara Naseri
 

For more information about any current or past research projects or inquiries about potential collaboration or participation, please e-mail: 
familyplanningresearch@stanford.edu