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Participate In Women's Health Research!

Over their lifetime, women have many experiences related to their reproductive health. Such experiences may include trying to prevent an unintended pregnancy. Our ongoing research study is focused on helping women to avoid unintended pregnancies and to improve their reproductive health and well-being.

We would like to invite you to share your experiences about the problems that you may have had when trying to find out information about contraceptive services and preventing unintended pregnancies. We are particularly interested in learning about the challenges that women face when accessing or using various methods of birth control. With your help, the findings from this survey will assist us to improve access to contraception services for all women in British Columbia.

We would like to invite you to take part in this study if you…

Have given consent to have an abortion to end your current pregnancy.

Where can you participate?

In Vancouver, participating clinics include the CARE Clinic, Elizabeth Bagshaw Women’s Clinic, Everywoman’s Health Centre and Willow Women’s Clinic; in Kelowna, the Women’s Services Clinic; in Victoria, the Vancouver Island Women’s Clinic; and many individual physicians providing abortion throughout BC.

Joining this study is simple!

When you attend the clinic for your abortion, you will be given a cover letter inviting you to participate.

If after reading the letter you would like to participate, a reception staff member will hand you a simple survey. It will take about 15 minutes for you to complete the survey in the waiting room. Typically, you will have from 30 minutes to two hours to wait prior to your procedure in which to complete the survey. The survey is anonymous and confidential; you do not put your name on it.

If you choose not to participate in the survey, we would appreciate it if you could fill out a short “Choose Not to Participate” form. This will give us a better understanding of women who are in our study and those who are not. This is completely optional and completely anonymous. Any responses are kept confidential.

Whether you choose to participate in our study or not will have no effect on your treatment at the clinic. Your participation in the study is completely voluntary. If there are any questions you are not comfortable answering, you do not have to answer them, and you can stop the survey at any time.

Your time and participation are highly valued! The experiences that you share with us will lead to a better understanding of women’s experiences with contraception and may lead to improved access to reproductive health choices for women in British Columbia in the future.

Interested in learning more?

If you are interested in learning more about Youth Sexual Health research at the University of British Columbia, you can go to: http://youthsexualhealth.ubc.ca. The findings from this study will be posted on the Youth Sexual Health website in late 2012.

Principal Investigator:
Dr. Judith Soon
Assistant Professor, UBC Faculty of Pharmaceutical Sciences
University of British Columbia