Centre for Reproductive Health

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.

Professor Sharon Cameron

Consultant in Gynaecology and Sexual and Reproductive Health, NHS Lothian

  • MB ChB, MD, CCST (with sub specialisation in reproductive medicine) FRCOG, FFSRH
  • Editor-in-chief, BMJ Sexual Reproductive Health

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Research Interests

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)

Staff/group members

The CAIRN research group

Dr Michelle Cooper

Dr John Reynolds Wright

Ms Anne Johnstone

Ms Karen McCabe

Professor Anna Glasier

Current grants

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.

Recent awards

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

Principal Collaborators

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