Babies are great…when you’re ready for them. We think in the meantime women should have the right to a healthy, happy sex life without having to worry about unplanned pregnancy. For that to happen, women need to take an active role in their own reproductive health. We want to help with that.
Bedsider.org (Bedsider) is an online birth control support network for women 18-29 operated by The National Campaign to Prevent Teen and Unplanned Pregnancy, a private non-profit organization. Bedsider is not funded by pharmaceutical companies. Or the government. Bedsider is totally independent and the info on it is honest and unbiased. Our goal is to help women find the method of birth control that’s right for them and learn how to use it consistently and effectively, and that's it.
Right now, seven in 10 pregnancies among unmarried women 18-29 are described by women themselves as unplanned. That sounds like a lot to us. We hope that Bedsider will be a useful tool for women to learn about their birth control options, better manage their birth control, and in the process avoid getting pregnant until they’re ready.
If you have any questions or concerns about Bedsider, you may contact us at:
Or by mail at:
The National Campaign to Prevent Teen and Unplanned Pregnancy
1776 Massachusetts Avenue, NW
Washington, DC 20036
This site has been developed with the assistance of many experts and many young adults as well, who are Bedsider’s main audience, and we thank them all for their guidance and insights. We are especially grateful for the advice provided by the Medical Advisory Committee of The National Campaign to Prevent Teen and Unplanned Pregnancy (roster below). Even so, responsibility for the content of Bedsider, including all medical information, rests solely with The National Campaign itself.
Eve Espey, M.D., M.P.H.
Associate Dean, Associate Professor OB-GYN
University of New Mexico School of Medicine
Haywood L. Brown, M.D.
Chair, Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology
Duke University Medical Center
Anne Burke, M.D., M.P.H., F.A.C.O.G. (ex-officio)
Assistant Professor, Obstetrics/Gynecology Director, Family Planning Fellowship Program
Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center
Christine Dehlendorf, M.D.
Assistant Professor in Residence
UCSF School of Medicine
Department of Family and Community Medicine
Linda Dominguez, C.N.P.
Certified Nurse Practitioner
Southwest Womens Health
Melissa Gilliam, M.D.
Dept of Obstetrics/Gynecology and Pediatrics Chief, Family Planning
University of Chicago Medical Center
Paula J. Hillard, M.D.
Professor, Obstetrics and Gynecology
Stanford University School of Medicine
Colleen Krajewski, M.D., M.P.H.
Department of Obstetrics, Gynecology, and Reproductive Sciences
University of Pittsburgh
Tessa E. Madden, M.D., M.P.H.
Assistant Professor, Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology
Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis
Janelle Palacios, C.N.M., Ph.D. (Salish/Kootenai)
Certified Nurse Midwife
Permanente Medical Group
Brenda Pereda, M.D.
Fellow in Family Planning
Obstetrics and Gynecology
University of New Mexico Hospital
Michael Policar, M.D., M.P.H.
Clinical Professor of Obstetrics, Gynecology, and Reproductive Sciences
UCSF School of Medicine
UCSF/Family PACT Program
Pablo Rodriguez, M.D.
Clinical Associate Professor, Dept. of Obstetrics and Gynecology
The Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University
Associate Chief OB-GYN
Women and Infants Hospital
Leslie R. Walker, M.D.
Professor and Chief
Adolescent Medicine Division, Department of Pediatrics
Seattle Children's Hospital