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How well does birth control work?

A great resource clearly demonstrates the different types of contraception and how effective they are from the Bixby Center for Global Reproductive Health at University of California San Francisco, in partnership with Bedsider.


These materials are provided by Beyond the Pill, a program of the Bixby Center for Global Health. Beyond the Pill promotes access and equity in women’s contraceptive health care. They build the research foundation to transform clinical care and women’s lives worldwide.  You can find more materials at their website under Tools and Materials, where they have created accessible and eye-catching educational materials for patients and students.


The Guttmacher Institute honors Wendy Norman with the 2015 Darroch Award

Dr. Norman receiving her award for work that combines excellence in research with practical application to public policy and programs in the field of sexual and reproductive health. Read more about it here: Guttmacher Institute Media Center


Congratulations Dr. Norman!

Dr. Norman receiving the 2015 Faculty of Medicine Distinguished Achievement Award for Excellence in Clinical or Applied Research.  Awarded to individuals whose performance during the current review year was exceptionally meritorious.


Why It Matters

A woman planning to have one or two children will spend less than 5 years trying to get pregnant, being pregnant or breastfeeding, and more than thirty years trying to avoid pregnancy. There is an immense need for access to high quality knowledge, methods and services to prevent unintended pregnancies.

Meet the Team

The CART-GRAC is an interdisciplinary group of clinicians, researchers, healthcare decision makers, and knowledge experts. Our members come from a variety of backgrounds and expertise. The diversity in our team makes our ambitious healthcare goals possible. Together, we collaborate with a network of national interdisciplinary researchers and healthcare experts.


Our Projects

The CART-GRAC network is working on a number of studies to: improve access to contraception in Canada; improve the quality of contraception and abortion care provided by health care professionals; and, increase knowledge of the Canadian context for sexual health, contraception use and abortion.

Congratulations to Dr. Norman- for her CIHR-PHAC Chair in Applied Public Health Research !

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What Proportion of Canadian Women Will Accept an Intrauterine Contraceptive at the Time of Second Trimester Abortion?

What proportion of Canadian Women will accept an intrauterine contraceptive

Canadian Sexual Health Survey !

CSHS interviewers will be visiting neighbourhoods throughout BC in 2014. This important information will be used to improve family planning health services, and to assess whether the government could provide free contraception for all women.

British Columbia Abortion Provider Survey

The results of the BCAPS research study have now be published. Access the full publications on the PLOS ONE website.