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. 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 Health Care 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.
Professor and Chair, Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology
University of New Mexico


Deborah Allen, Sc.D.
Deputy Director Health Promotion
Los Angeles County Department of Public Health

Anne Burke, M.D., M.P.H., F.A.C.O.G. (ex-officio)
Associate Professor, Obstetrics/Gynecology
Department of Population, Family, and Reproductive Health
Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center

Patty Cason, R.N., M.S., F.N.P.-B.C.
Family Nurse Practitioner
President, Envision SRH
Assistant Clinical Professor, UCLA School of Nursing

Linda Dominguez, W.H.N.P.
Nurse Practitioner
Southwest Women’s Health

Dan Frayne, M.D.
President, MAHEC
Associate Professor, Department of Family Medicine
University of North Carolina Health Sciences at MAHEC

Pari Ghodsi, M.D.
Ob/Gyn Northside Hospital

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 & Reproductive Sciences
University of Pittsburgh

Amy Levi, Ph.D., C.N.M., W.H.N.P.-B.C.
Professor, Midwifery
University of New Mexico College of Nursing

Tessa E. Madden, M.D., M.P.H.
Associate Professor, Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology
Chief, Division of Family Planning
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