MRC Centre for Reproductive Health
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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

Clinical trials and health services research designed to:

  • empower women with their contraceptive choices 
  • improve access to contraception and emergency contraception
  • expand sexual and  reproductive health care provision (including from community pharmacy)
  • develop new and improved methods of contraception
  • improve abortion care

Staff group members

A Johnstone (research nurse)

K McCabe (research midwife)

PhD MD students

J Reynolds-Wright (current)

M Cooper (2021)

R Heller (2017)

L Michie  (2016)

Recent awards for the research group

2021 CHOICES service shortlisted for BMJ awards: category women’s health

2021 J Reynolds Wright:  Wilfred Card medal

2020 C Duncan (medical student) best oral presentation at BSACP

External activities

  • World Health Organisation (steering committee) Evidence based guidelines and family planning
  • European Society for Contraception (chair), Internal scientific Committee
  • International Federation of Abortion and Contraception Professionals (President)
  • Women’s Health Plan, Scottish Government (steering committee)
  • Former co-director clinical effectiveness unit of Faculty of sexual and reproductive healthcare
  • National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) clinical  guideline lead : Abortion care

Recent 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

Makins A, Cameron S. Post pregnancy contraception.Best Pract Res Clin Obstet Gynaecol. 2020 Jul;66:41-54. doi: 10.1016/j.bpobgyn. 2020.01.004. Epub 2020

O'Shea LE, Hawkins JE, Lord J, Schmidt-Hansen M, Hasler E, Cameron S, Cameron IT. Access to and sustainability of abortion services: a systematic review and meta-analysis for the National Institute of Health and Care Excellence-new clinical guidelines for England. Hum Reprod Update. 2020 Nov 1;26(6):886-903. doi: 10.1093/humupd/dmaa026. PMID: 32712660.

Cooper M. Boydell N, Harden J, McGeechan K, McGuire F, Coutts S, Glasier A, Cameron S. Implementing and evaluating postpartum intrauterine contraception  provision within a public maternity service: a mixed methods study. Acta Obstetricia et Gynecologica Scandinavica 2020. DOI:10.1111/aogs.13787

Boydell N, Cooper M, Cameron S, Glasier A, Coutts S, McGuire F, Harden J. Women’s experiences of accessing postpartum intrauterine contraception (PPIUC) within a public maternity setting: A qualitative service evaluation. Eur J Contracept Reprod Health care 2020 Dec; 25(6):465-473. doi: 10.1080/13625187.2020.1815006. Epub 2020 Sep 29. PMID: 32990066

Boydell N, Cooper M, Cameron ST, Glasier A, Coutts S, McGuire F, Harden J. Perspectives of obstetricians and midwives on the provision of immediate postpartum intrauterine devices: a qualitative service evaluation. BMJ Sex Reprod Health. 2021 Jun 29:bmjsrh-2021-201170. doi: 10.1136/bmjsrh-2021-201170. Online ahead of print

Reynolds-Wright JJ, Norrie J, Cameron ST. UTAH: Using Telemedicine to improve early medical Abortion at Home: a protocol for a randomised controlled trial comparing face-to-face with telephone consultations for women seeking early medical abortion. BMJ Open. 2021 Jun 16;11(6):e046628. doi: 10.1136/bmjopen-2020-046628. PMID: 34135047; PMCID: PMC8211053.

Reynolds-Wright JJ, Johnstone A, McCabe K, Evans E, Cameron S. Telemedicine medical abortion at home under 12 weeks' gestation: a prospective observational cohort study during the COVID-19 pandemic. BMJ Sex Reprod Health. 2021 Feb 4:bmjsrh-2020-200976. doi: 10.1136/bmjsrh-2020-200976. Epub ahead of print. PMID: 33542062; PMCID: PMC7868129.

Boydell N, Reynolds-Wright JJ, Cameron ST, Harden J. Women's experiences of a telemedicine abortion service (up to 12 weeks) implemented during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic: a qualitative evaluation. BJOG. 2021 Oct;128(11):1752-1761. doi: 10.1111/1471-0528.16813. Epub 2021 Jul 27. PMID: 34138505; PMCID: PMC8441904.

Recent Grants

National Institute for Health Research for a Health Technology Assessment . A randomised controlled trial to determine the effectiveness of bridging from emergency to regular contraception: The 'Bridge-it' study

Wellbeing of Women/ Chief Scientist Office Scotland. Post Placental Intrauterine contraception (PPIUC): Health Service Evaluation.