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Babies are great…when you’re ready for them. We think in the meantime you have the right to a healthy, happy sex life without worrying about unplanned pregnancy. You can make that happen by taking an active role in your reproductive health. We can help with that. (Bedsider) is an online birth control support network for women 18-29 operated by Power to Decide, the campaign to prevent unplanned pregnancy. Power to Decide works to ensure that every young person has the power to decide if, when, and under what circumstances to get pregnant—increasing their opportunity to pursue the future they want.

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:

Power to Decide
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 Power to Decide’s Healthcare Advisory Committee (roster below). Even so, responsibility for the content of Bedsider, including all medical information, rests solely with Power to Decide 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

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

Hannah Lakehomer, C.N.M.
Certified Nurse Midwife
Lifecycle WomanCare

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 is a nonprofit is operated by Power to Decide, a nonprofit, tax-exempt charitable organization (tax identification number 52-1974611) under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code. Donations are tax-deductible as allowed by law.