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About Bedsider

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) 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
Suite 200
Washington, DC 20036
(tel) 202-478-8500
(fax) 202-478-8588

Medical Content

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.
    Associate Professor
    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.
    Assistant Professor
    Department of Obstetrics, Gynecology, and Reproductive Sciences
    University of Pittsburgh
    Magee-Womens Hospital

  • 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
    Medical Director
    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