Professor Sharon Cameron
I am an NHS Consultant Gynaecologist and Professor (Hon) at the University of Edinburgh with research interests in contraception, prevention and management of unintended pregnancy and genital tract infection.
Conducting and evaluating initiatives aimed at improving sexual and reproductive health within the UK and globally.
Contraception and emergency contraception; new methods, improved information and access, including after birth.
Management of unintended pregnancy and improving the patient journey.
Sexual and reproductive health service delivery and new models of care, including community pharmacy.
Current research projects
Current research is aimed at empowering women in contraceptive choices, improving access to postpartum contraception and developing new contraceptives.
Current UK wide and international projects are aimed at improving access to contraception through community pharmacies (ALLIANCE trial, Australia) and improving abortion care (SACHA study, UK and VEMA study Sweden & international)
The CAIRN research group
Dr Michelle Cooper
Dr John Reynolds Wright
Ms Anne Johnstone
Ms Karen McCabe
Professor Anna Glasier
Pre-loaded insertion device for immediate postpartum intrauterine contraception provision: a randomised controlled pilot study (POP-IN). Chief Scientist Office (2023-26)
Phase 3, Open-Label, Multicenter Study to Evaluate Contraceptive Efficacy and Safety of Depot Medroxyprogesterone Acetate (150 mg/mL) Injected Subcutaneously Every Six Months. FHI 360. (2022-2025
Pilot RCT of a digital intervention to empower contraceptive choices after birth (DIGICAPS). Edinburgh Family Planning Trust
National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) for health Service configuration for abortion provision. (Sept 20-Jan 23) with LSHTM French R, Wellings K et al.
Evaluation of early medical abortion at home in Scotland. Scottish Government (Oct 21-Jan 23)
Selected recent publications
Cameron ST, Glasier A, McDaid L et al. Use of effective contraception following provision of the progestogen-only pill for women presenting to community pharmacies for emergency contraception (Bridge-It): a pragmatic cluster-randomised crossover trial. Lancet. 2020 Nov 14;396(10262):1585-1594. doi: 10.1016/S0140-6736(20)31785-2.
Darney, BG, Boniface, ER, Van Lamsweerde, A, Han, L, Matteson, KA, Cameron, S, et al. Impact of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) vaccination on menstrual bleeding quantity: An observational cohort study. BJOG. 2023; 00: 1– 10. https://doi.org/10.1111/1471-0528.17471
Sze YY, Berendes S, Russel S, Cameron S et al. A systematic review of randomised controlled trials of the effects of digital health interventions on postpartum contraception use. BMJ Sexual & Reproductive Health 2023;49:50-59.
Cameron ST, Li H R, Gemzell –Danielsson K . Is Contragestion the future. BMJ SRH 2022 http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmjsrh-2022-201758
Reynolds-Wright J, Johnstone A, McCabe K, Evans E, Cameron ST. Telemedicine medical abortion at home up to 12 weeks’ gestation – a prospective observational cohort study during covid-19. BMJ Sexual and reproductive health 2021 Feb 4:bmjsrh-2020-200976. doi: 10.1136/bmjsrh-2020-200976.
USyd-UEdin Partnership Collaboration Awards . Building a global network of expertise in immediate postpartum contraception and identifying key enablers and barriers.
Current external activities
- Editor in chief BMJ Sexual and reproductive health
- Chair of Science and Education Group, European Society for Contraception
- Steering committee, WHO evidence based- guidelines in family planning
Dr Nicola Boydell, Dr Jeni Harden (Usher Institute, Edinburgh)
Prof Cari Free, Prof Kaye welling, Dr Rebecca French,London School Hygiene and Tropical medicine, UK
Prof Kristina Gemzell-Danielsson, Karolinksa Institutet, Sweden
Prof Danielle Mazza , Monash, Australia
Prof Paul Blumenthal, Stanford university, USA
Prof Wendy Norman, University of British Columbia, Canada
BRIDGE-IT: A randomised controlled trial to determine the effectiveness of bridging from emergency to regular contraception
The SACHA Study: Creating an evidence base to guide new directions in abortion care in the UK