PEARL Study

Birth control pill packet on pink background

Oregon, California, Colorado, and Hawaii are some of the first states to allow pharmacists to directly prescribe birth control, and we want to understand how this is affecting care.

If you are interested in getting a birth control prescription from your local pharmacy, we want to hear from you. If you agree to take part in this study, you'll be asked to fill out four surveys about your experience over the course of 12 months. These surveys should each take about 10 minutes of your time.

What will I receive?

If you choose to participate, you will be given up to $65 in Amazon gift cards.

Am I eligible?

In order to participate in this study, we ask that you are:

  • Getting a birth control prescription from either a clinician or a pharmacist from a participating pharmacy
  • Between the ages of 18-50 years
  • In good general health

Who do I contact for additional information?

To find out more information, visit one of our participating pharmacies, call the PEARL Study recruitment line at 503-418-1289 or email us at contraceptive_study@ohsu.edu.

PI: Maria Rodriguez, MD, MPH; IRB# 16158

PEARL Study in the News

Early results show that pharmacist prescription of contraception reaches new users of contraception, preventing unintended pregnancy and saving state funds.

Dr. Maria Rodriguez was quoted in a Time Magazine article about bipartisan efforts to make birth control available over the counter.