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Featured Blog: Contraception and at risk populations

Major health disparities occur in at risk groups of women who do not have access to reliable and affordable contraception. In this World Contraception Day blog, Dr. Alicia Christy and Dr. Carolyn Sufrin highlight these at risk groups and discuss the barriers that need to be eliminated in order to reduce unintended pregnancies and improve health.


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Aims and scope

Contraception and Reproductive Medicine is an online, open-access, peer reviewed journal that is designed to promote the advancement of contraceptive technology particularly in the areas of education, effectiveness, safety, research interest, improved or new technologies, non-contraceptive benefits, and long-term health. The journal publishes articles on all areas of female and male contraceptive technology, clinical and basic trials, meta-analyses, reviews, international submissions, and editorials. All manuscripts submitted to Contraception and Reproductive Medicine should adhere to BioMed Central's editorial policies.

Contraception and Reproductive Medicine is affiliated with the CROWN initiative, Core Outcomes in Women’s Health. CROWN is an international initiative, led by journal editors, to harmonise outcome reporting in women’s health research. We are coming together to address the widespread, unwarranted variation in reporting of outcomes. CROWN’s main aim is to encourage researchers to report core outcome sets for key conditions in women’s health.

About the Editors

Dr. Alicia Christy, Editor-in-Chief

Dr. Alicia Christy is a veteran and former Chairman of Obstetrics & Gynecology at Walter Reed Army Medical Center. After leaving the military, Dr. Christy joined the staff at the National Institutes of Health. While at NIH she was involved in leiomyoma, health disparity and contraceptive research. In 2016, Dr. Christy joined the Veterans Health Administration as Deputy Director, Reproductive Health. She supports the portfolio addressing Veterans reproductive health priorities across the life course.  She holds the rank of professor at the Uniformed Services University,and the rank of adjunct professor at Howard University School of Medicine. She is board certified in Obstetrics and Gynecology and Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility.

She has authored more than 75 manuscripts and 12 book chapters. She is the editor of Contraception: Unmet Needs, Current Options and New Technologies, which was published in 2015. She holds the rank of Professor at the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences and she is an adjunct Professor at Howard University.

Dr. Donna Shoupe, Editor-in-Chief

Dr. Donna Shoupe is a graduate of Massachusetts institute of Technology and the Ohio State School of Medicine. Her interest in contraceptive technology began while studying biology at MIT and it continued to grow throughout medical school and during her residency at Los Angeles County-University of Southern California Medical Center in Los Angeles.She was appointed as an Assistant Professor following her REI fellowship and was advanced to Professor in 2004. She has published 80 peer-review papers and has edited 7 books including 4 on contraception.


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    68 days to first decision for reviewed manuscripts only
    59 days to first decision for all manuscripts
    148 days from submission to acceptance
    59 days from acceptance to publication

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