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Alison Edelman M.D., M.P.H.

Dr. Edelman specializes in general obstetrics and gynecology with a focus in family planning, adolescent gynecology, alternatives to hysterectomy and international health care. She is also involved in clinical research focusing on the interaction of body weight and birth control, medical suppression of periods, novel contraceptive methods, and improving pain during office-based gynecologic procedures. Dr. Edelman enjoys the diversity of her work which includes clinical care, teaching, research, and international service.

Dr. Edelman grew up in the Willamette Valley and completed all her medical training in the Pacific Northwest. In her spare time, she enjoys spending time with her family, traveling, reading, watching movies and knitting. Her active pursuits include cycling (bike commuting) and hiking.

Women's heath philosophy:

"Life isn’t one-size-fits all and neither is health care, I enjoy partnering with my patients to provide the most up to date care that’s right for them.”


  • M.D., Oregon Health and Science University School of Medicine, Portland Oregon 0 1997
  • M.P.H., University of Washington, Seattle Washington 0 2003
  • Residency:

    • Obstetrics and gynecology, Oregon Health & Science University, 2001
  • Fellowship:

    • Fellowship in family planning, Oregon Health & Science University, 2003
  • Certifications:

    • American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology, 2004

Memberships and associations

  • American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG)


  • "The emerging role of obesity in short-acting hormonal contraceptive effectiveness." Contraception In: , 01.01.2018.
  • "Mass media exposure and modern contraceptive use among married West African adolescents." European Journal of Contraception and Reproductive Health Care  In: , 19.12.2017, p. 1-11.
  • "Emergency Contraception in Mexico : Trends in Knowledge and Ever-Use 2006–2014." Maternal and Child Health Journal  In: , 11.07.2017, p. 1-8.
  • "A novel tamponade agent for management of post partum hemorrhage : Adaptation of the Xstat mini-sponge applicator for obstetric use." BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth  In: , Vol. 17, No. 1, 187, 13.06.2017.
  • "Revisiting contraceptive steroid hormone pharmacokinetics in obese women." Contraception In: , 2017.
  • "Determining the accuracy of pregnancy-length dating among women presenting for induced abortions in Ghana." International Journal of Gynecology and Obstetrics  In: , 2017.
  • "Pressure dynamics in the non-gravid uterus : Intrauterine pressure cannot confirm tubal occlusion after non-surgical permanent contraception." Contraception In: , 2017.
  • "Blood loss at the time of dilation and evacuation at 16 to 22 weeks of gestation in women using low molecular weight heparin : A case series." Contraception  In: , 2017.
  • "Hormonal contraception and obesity." Fertility and Sterility In: , Vol. 106, No. 6, 01.11.2016, p. 1282-1288.
  • "Pharmacist prescription of hormonal contraception in Oregon : Baseline knowledge and interest in provision." Journal of the American Pharmacists Association In: , Vol. 56, No. 5, 01.09.2016, p. 521-526.
  • "Progestin-only contraceptives : Effects on weight." Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews In: , Vol. 2016, No. 8, CD008815, 28.08.2016.
  • "Hormonal contraceptives for contraception in overweight or obese women." Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews In: , Vol. 2016, No. 8, CD008452, 18.08.2016.
  • "Prescription of hormonal contraception by pharmacists in Oregon." Obstetrics and Gynecology In: , Vol. 128, No. 1, 01.07.2016, p. 168-170.
  • "Levonorgestrel butanoate intramuscular injection does not reliably suppress ovulation for 90 days in obese and normal-BMI women : A pilot study." Contraception In: , 20.06.2016.
  • "Obesity's effect on contraceptive failure is diluted by grouping of progestins." Contraception  In: , Vol. 93, No. 6, 01.06.2016, p. 565.
  • "Tamoxifen for the treatment of breakthrough bleeding with the etonogestrel implant : A randomized controlled trial." Contraception In: , 13.05.2016.
  • "Blood loss at the time of surgical abortion up to 14 weeks in anticoagulated patients : A case series." Contraception  In: , 28.01.2016.
  • "Effect of oral contraceptives and doxycycline on endometrial MMP-2 and MMP-9 activity." Contraception In: , Vol. 93, No. 1, 01.01.2016, p. 65-69.
  • "The elusive minimum threshold concentration of levonorgestrel for contraceptive efficacy." Contraception In: , 2016.
  • "Contraceptive Method Initiation : Using the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Selected Practice Guidelines." Obstetrics and Gynecology Clinics of North America  In: , Vol. 42, No. 4, 01.12.2015, p. 659-667.
  • "Author's reply re : Teens and young adults should be started on longacting reversible contraceptives before sexual activity commences." BJOG: An International Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology  In: , Vol. 122, No. 13, 01.12.2015, p. 1849.
  • "Refining paracervical block techniques for pain control in first trimester surgical abortion : A randomized controlled noninferiority trial." Contraception In: , 18.11.2015.
  • "Impact of obesity on the pharmacokinetics of levonorgestrel-based emergency contraception : Single and double dosing." Contraception In: , 02.11.2015.
  • "What can obstetrician/gynecologists do to support abortion access?" International Journal of Gynecology and Obstetrics  In: , Vol. 131, 01.10.2015, p. S53-S55.
  • "An Evaluation of Oral Midazolam for Anxiety and Pain in First-Trimester Surgical Abortion : A Randomized Controlled Trial." Obstetrics and Gynecology In: , Vol. 126, No. 1, 23.07.2015, p. 37-46.
  • "Teens and young adults should be started on long-acting reversible contraceptives before sexual activity commences : AGAINST: Pre-emptive use without need or benefit may cause more harm than good." BJOG: An International Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology  In: , Vol. 122, No. 8, 01.07.2015, p. 1052.
  • "The effect of sevoflurane on interventions for blood loss during dilation and evacuation procedures at 18-24 weeks of gestation : A randomized controlled trial." Contraception In: , Vol. 91, No. 6, 01.06.2015, p. 488-494.
  • "Second-trimester postabortion care for ruptured membranes, fetal demise, and incomplete abortion." International Journal of Gynecology and Obstetrics  In: , Vol. 129, No. 2, 01.05.2015, p. 98-103.
  • "Contraception and sexual health in obese women." Best Practice and Research: Clinical Obstetrics and Gynaecology In: , Vol. 29, No. 4, 01.05.2015, p. 466-478.
  • "Intrauterine device placement at 3 versus 6weeks postpartum : A randomized trial." Contraception In: , 26.02.2015.

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