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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, complex contraception, 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 and her team have recently received several significant research grants which has limited her clinical availability until at least 2020. 

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 1997
  • M.P.H., University of Washington, Seattle Washington 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)


  • "Combined oral contraceptive interference with the ability of ulipristal acetate to delay ovulation : A prospective cohort study." Contraception  In: , Vol. 98, No. 6, 01.12.2018, p. 463-466.
  • "Appraising cervical mucus : a new approach to evaluating contraceptives." European Journal of Contraception and Reproductive Health Care  In: , 19.02.2018, p. 1-6.
  • "The emerging role of obesity in short-acting hormonal contraceptive effectiveness." Contraception  In: , 01.01.2018.
  • "Continuous dosing of a novel contraceptive vaginal ring releasing Nestorone® and estradiol : Pharmacokinetics from a dose-finding study." Contraception  In: , 01.01.2018.
  • "FDA Public Meeting Report on “Drug Interactions With Hormonal Contraceptives : Public Health and Drug Development Implications”." Journal of Clinical Pharmacology  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.

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