International Symposium on Intrauterine Devices and Systems for Women's Health

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In light of the Coronavirus Pandemic, we have decided to postpone the Sixth International Symposium on Intrauterine Devices and Systems for Women's Health and reconvene when it is safe to do so. Although we are disappointed at having to indefinitely postpone this important scientific meeting reporting on fourteen years of scientific work, we feel that it is necessary in the interest of the public health. 

We can all look forward to an exciting and enriching meeting once the health crisis has passed. 

Since we don't know how long it will be before we can meet in person, we will be sharing a short live stream event on Thursday, May 28th. This will not replace the planned in-person event, but will be an opportunity for us to connect virtually and share the latest research about IUDs and IUSs. We hope by then to be able to announce the new Symposium date, but as we are all aware, the situation is changing rapidly and we will only select and announce a new date once we feel secure that the public health situation has stabilized. 

If you already purchased your ticket to the Symposium, you may retain that ticket for the rescheduled event. We will refund conference fees on request. Please email Event Coordinator Rachel Ferat to request your refund: You must make your request before April 18, 2020. If you do not request a refund, your tickets will be honored at the rescheduled Symposium.  

We will post updates here as they become available. 

Take care of yourselves, your patients, and each other, 


The Organizing Committee of the Sixth International Symposium on Intrauterine Devices and Systems for Women's Health 

Organized in partnership with



May 27-28, 2020

Hotel Intercontinental Mark Hopkins

San Francisco, California, USA


The 6th International Symposium on Intrauterine Devices and Systems for Women's Health will provide a focused and dedicated forum for researchers, clinicians, product developers, and advocates to gain a thorough understanding of the latest science in IUD development and practice, identify gaps in research and product development, learn about innovative efforts to increase utilization of this key contraceptive technology, and foster a new generation of clinicians, researchers, and product developers who will lead future efforts.

Organizing Committee

Diana Blithe, PhD

Chief, Contraceptive Development Program, NICHD

Anita Nelson, MD

Professor and Chair

Obstetrics and Gynecology

Western University of Health Sciences

David Hubacher, PhD MPH

Senior Epidemioligist, FHI 360

James Sailer

Executive Director, Center for Biomedical Research

Population Council

Ricky Lu, MD

Director, Family Planning and 

Reproductive Health, Jhpiego

Carolyn L. Westhoff, MD MSc

Editor, Contraception

Director, Division of Family Planning & Preventive Services, 

Columbia University Irving Medical Center


Symposium Curriculum

Wednesday, May 27

8:00am - 7:00pm

Welcome and History of the IUD Symposium

People First

US and Global Demographics

Current IUD Technology and Performance

Adverse Events and Safety

Programs Increasing Access

What Have We Learned from Randomized Trials?

Poster Session

Thursday, May 28

8:00am - 12:00pm

Expanded Applications of IUDs

New Approaches in IUD Provision

Public Health Impact

Emerging Technology

Identified Gaps and Future Research Goals

Supported in part by

Bayer Health Care

The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation

Sebela Pharmaceuticals


Mona Lisa

A medical education grant from Cooper Surgical


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