My DPhil focuses on exploring whether side-effects from hormonal contraception arise from a mismatch between women’s natural levels of reproductive hormones and exogenous hormones in hormonal contraception. I will use an evolutionary public health approach to investigate factors affecting natural variation in progesterone levels across different socioecological contexts in Ethiopia and how they impact the burden of side-effects a woman experiences. I am generally interested in reproductive and sexual health and rights and whether contraceptive design adequately takes into account women’s opinions and physiologies.
Areas: Evolutionary Medicine and Public Health;
Topics: Reproductive and Sexual Health; Reproductive Ecology; Contraceptive technology
PhD Advisors: Alexandra Alvergne
Project: What causes contraceptive side-effects? Testing the hormonal mismatch hypothesis in Ethiopia.