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Attitudes and Decision-making After Pregnancy Testing Study

December 29, 2020

Overview: The goal of this study is to take into account women’s preferences regarding pregnancy and to see how they change over time. Another goal of this study is to see what options women choose when they become pregnant as well as the circumstances that influence their decision making and ability to access health care. A third goal is to see how giving birth in a less prefered environment as opposed to a more prefered environment affects a woman’s mental health and well being. A final goal of this study is to see how pregnancy and birth affect a woman’s mental health and well being as opposed to not being pregnant and not giving birth.


Study Information: This study is conducted with 2200 participants, between the ages of 15 and 34 years old and is open to women and queer identifying people who have a uterus. Participants will be divided into three groups. Group 1 will consist of women who are not yet pregnant but could become so. The study will follow them for a year, and document their pregnancy preferences, as well as measure their desire to avoid pregnancy. Group 2 will consist of women from group 1 who have become pregnant over the course of that year. They will now be followed for 2 years. The study will document each woman’s life variables (such as economic status) and see what effect they have on decision making and care seeking during pregnancy. Their pregnancy preferences will also be documented and measured against their desire to  avoid pregnancy. Group 3 will consist of women who are not pregnant.


Inclusion Criteria: 

  • Between the ages of 15 and 34
  • Presenting for services at the recruitment site
  • Speaks and reads English or Spanish
  • Has had sex in the 3 months prior to the study with a man
  • Has a uterus
  • Lives in the state the study is being conducted in, or in a neighboring state
  • Has access to a phone, smartphone, or the internet
  • Is willing to be contacted by the research team between 1-3 years by phone, email, or mail


Exclusion Criteria

  • Currently pregnant, unless having an abortion or aborts the day of enrollment
  • Is sterilized or using an intrauterine device or transdermal implant at the time of enrollment


Locations: California, US at the University of California, San Francisco 


Sponsors/Collaborators: University of California, San Francisco

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