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Research creates the new and the best in health care. It helps us answer where have we been and where do we go next? Whether it be a clinical study on a new test for sexually transmitted infections or exploratory interviews with patients from marginalized communities on their unique experiences receiving care, the research program at Planned Parenthood North Central States ensures that our organization and our services keep improving and moving forward.


To improve access to and the quality of sexual and reproductive health care through innovation, collaboration, and the production of new knowledge that affirms the human right to reproductive health and freedom.


To become leaders in sexual and reproductive health research by creating forward-thinking expertise, and serving as a beacon of excellence for Planned Parenthood.

Important Contributions

Since our inception in 2015, the research program at Planned Parenthood Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota has made important contributions to the science related to:

  • Testing a new rapid identification test for herpes simplex viruses.
  • Assessing the efficacy of a new oral contraceptive pill.
  • Improving post-abortion contraception delivery.
  • Assessing patient experiences with emergency contraception.
  • Simplifying patient requirements for medication abortion.
  • Evaluating patient support volunteer and abortion doula programs.

Our Values

Innovation: We pride ourselves on looking ahead, and pursuing bold ideas.

Collaboration: We create strong partnerships both within our organization, and with community and collegial stakeholders.

Leadership: We rely on our collective talent and authenticity to inspire, motivate, and guide aspiring researchers and practitioners.

Excellence: We produce high-quality and rigorous research with a critical focus on equity and purpose.

Research Studies at Planned Parenthood North Central States

Medication Abortion ASAP

Medication Abortion ASAP (MA-ASAP) is a pilot research study underway in Minnesota that is evaluating a streamlined way to provide medication abortion (abortion with pills) over the web.

Tear Gas and Reproductive Health Study 

Staff at Planned Parenthood North Central States (PPNCS) and the University of Minnesota—Twin Cities recently heard from many people who protested the killing of George Floyd and were tear gassed. These people then had surprising changes to their periods or bleeding cycles, like getting their period early or late. We are putting together a new research study to learn more about these stories. 

TelAbortion Study

The goal of this study was to create a more convenient, patient-centered method of abortion where patients can obtain their medical abortion pills by mail (without needing an in person appointment at a Planned Parenthood health center). 

Trans Health Research

Planned Parenthood is seeking transgender, genderqueer, gender nonbinary, and gender nonconforming community members to share their feedback about their ideal reproductive and gender-specific health care experiences.

Trust and Respect in Birth Control Experiences

Planned Parenthood and University of Minnesota are teaming up to learn more about experiences with birth control among people of color, and trust and respect between communities of color and family planning clinics like Planned Parenthood.

Vasectomy Experiences and Attitudes Toward New Methods of Birth Control

Planned Parenthood North Central States and University of Minnesota—Twin Cities are teaming up to learn more about experiences with vasectomy and thoughts on different birth control options.