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Division of Complex Family Planning

Welcome to the Division of Complex Family Planning

The Complex Family Planning Division's extensive educational program includes teaching activities for medical students, residents, and fellows in family planning, and junior faculty scholars. In addition to the regular curriculum, medical students are offered sub-internship and elective courses. As an academic center, we also conduct collaborative clinical and implementation research.   Our mission statement is:

We provide compassionate, high quality patient care, inspire and train the next generation of providers and advocates, and conduct collaborative research, locally and globally, to advance family planning.

UC San Diego offers family planning clinical services with expert care from physicians who specialize in family planning. We emphasize helping you choose the best options for your particular situation. Funding assistance is available for patients with financial barriers. Services include:

  • Basic contraception consultation and services
  • Emergency contraception
  • Pregnancy testing and options counseling
  • Nexplanon insertions and removals
  • IUD insertion and removal
  • Miscarriage management
  • Management of abnormal or unintended pregnancies
  • Postpartum contraception
  • Laparoscopic sterilization

Comprehensive Contraception Clinic

This unique program serves women who have complex medical issues (including but limited to epilepsy, cancer, solid organ transplants cystic fibrosis) and would benefit from patient centered counseling about safe and effective contraceptive options. In addition, we care for women who had a prior failed IUD insertion, desire removal of an IUD with no strings visible or have a non-palpable contraceptive implant.

To schedule an appointment, call 619-806-7108.

     Division Director:
     Sheila Mody, MD, MPH


Sheila Mody, MD, MPH
Sarah Averbach, MD, MAS

Training and Education

Fellowship Training Program in Family Planning
Women's Reproductive Health Research Program

Labs and Research

Dr. Mody's Research

Dr. Mody's family planning research studies focus on improving contraceptive counseling and utilization among women with epilepsy, breast cancer and cystic fibrosis. She conducts randomized controlled trials investigating pain control interventions for family planning procedures.  Additionally, Dr. Mody collaborates with the local refugee communities to understand their reproductive health needs. 

Dr. Averbach's Research

Dr. Averbach’s research focuses on novel approaches to expanding access to family planning locally and globally. She is particularly interested in new ways to implement programs that deliver postpartum contraception.

Faculty Support