Contraception & Condoms


Physician Beliefs about Contraceptive Methods as Abortifacients. Swan, Cutler, Lands, Schmuhl, Higgins. 2023. American Journal of Obstetrics & Gynecology 228(2): 237-239.

Exploring Financial Stress and Resource Deprivation as Barriers to Preferred Contraceptive Use in Wisconsin in 2021. Swan, Vu, Higgins, Bui, Malecki, Green. 2022. Contraception 115: 22-26.

A Prospective Analysis of the Relationship Between Sexual Acceptability and Contraceptive Satisfaction Over Time. Kramer, Higgins, Everett, Turok and Sanders. 2021. American Journal of Obstetrics & Gynecology. DOI:

Expectations about Availability of Contraception and Abortion at a Hypothetical Catholic Hospital: Rural-Urban Disparities among Wisconsin Women. Kramer. Higgins, Burns, Stulberg. Freedman Contraception 104(5): 506-511.

Prevalence and Experiences of Wisconsin Women Turned away from Catholic Settings without Receiving Reproductive Care. Kramer. Higgins. Burns. Freedman. Stulberg. 2021. Contraception 104(4): 377-382.

Association Between Patients’ Perceptions of the Sexual Acceptability of Contraceptive Methods and Continued Use Over Time. Higgins. Kramer. Everett. Wright. Turok. Sanders. 2021. JAMA internal medicine 181(6): 874-876.

The Need For Accurate Contraceptive Awareness and Advocacy Among Health Care Providers. Higgins. Cannon. Rice, Turok. 2021. Health Affairs (published online).

Sexual Functioning, Satisfaction, and Well-Being Among Contraceptive Users: A Three-Month Assessment From the HER Salt Lake Contraceptive Initiative. Higgins, Kramer, Wright, Everett, Turok, and Sanders. 2021. The Journal of Sex Research. DOI: 10.1080/00224499.2021.1873225

Beyond Safety and Efficacy: How Sexuality-Related Priorities and Their Associations with Contraceptive Method Selection. Higgins, Wright, Turok, and Sanders. 2020. Contraception: X 98(4): 100-038.

Reproductive Autonomy is Negotiable, Even in the Time of COVID-19. Higgins, and Senderowicz. 2020. Perspectives on Sexual and Reproductive Health 52(2): 81-85.

Sexual Minority Women and Contraceptive Use: Complex Pathways between Sexual Orientation and Health Outcomes2019. American Journal of Public Health 109(12): 1680-1686.

Sexual Minority Women’s Experiences with Sexual Identity Disclosure in Contraceptive Care. Greene, Carpenter, Hendrick, Haider, Everett, and Higgins. 2019. Obstetrics & Gynecology 133(5): 1012-1023.

Do Sexual Minorities Receive Appropriate Sexual and Reproductive Heath Care and Counseling? Everett, Higgins, Haider, and Carpenter. 2018. Journal of Women’s Health. Online ahead of print.

Impact of Sexual Satisfaction, Functioning, and Perceived Effects on Sex Life on IUD and Implant Discontinuation at 1 Year. Sanders, Higgins, Adkins, Stoddard, Gawron, and Turok. 2018. Women’s Health Issues 28(5): 401-7.

Racial and Ethnic Differences in Patterns of Long-Acting Contraceptive Use in the United States, 2011-2015Kramer, Higgins Godecker, Ehrenthal. 2018. Contraception 97(5): 399-404.

Family Planning for Sexual Minority Women. Stoffel, Carpenter, Everett, Higgins, and Haider. 2017. Seminars in Reproductive Medicine 35(5): 460-468.

Pregnancy Ambivalence and Long-Acting Reversible Contraception among Young Adult Women: A Qualitative Study. Higgins. 2017. Perspectives on Sexual and Reproductive Health 49(3): 149-156.

Similarities and Differences in Contraceptive Use Reported by Women and Men in the National Survey of Family Growth. Aiken, Wang, Higgins, and Trussell. 2017. Contraception 95(4): 419-423.

The Sexual Acceptability of Contraception: Reviewing the Literature and Building a New Concept. Higgins and Smith. 2016. Journal of Sex Research 53(4-5): 417-456.

Provider Bias in Long-Acting Reversible Contraception (LARC) Promotion and Removal: Perceptions of Young Adults. Higgins, Kramer, Ryder. 2016. American Journal of Public Health 106(11): 1932-1937.

Women’s Sexual Function, Satisfaction, and Perceptions after starting long-acting reversible contraceptives. Higgins, Sanders, Palta, and Turok. 2016. Obstetrics and Gynecology 128(5): 1143-1151.

Establishment of Safety Paradigms and Trust in Emerging Adult Relationships. 2016. Mullinax, Sanders, Higgins, Reece, and Fortenberry. Culture, Health & Sexuality 18(8): 890-904.

How Condom Discontinuation Occurs: Interviews with Emerging Adult Women2016. Mullinax, Sanders, Dennis, Higgins, Fortenberry, and Reece. Journal of Sex Research 54(4-5): 642-650.

Realizing Reproductive Equity Needs More than Long-Acting Reversible Contraception (LARC). 2016. Gubrium, Mann, Borrero, Dehlendorf, Fields, Geronimus, Gomez, Harris, Higgins, Kimport, Luker, Luna, Mamo, Roberts, Romero, Sisson. 2015. American Journal of Public Health 106(1): 18-19.

The Sexual Acceptability of Intrauterine Contraception: A Qualitative Study with Young Adult Women. Higgins, Ryder, Skarda, Koepsel, and Bennett. 2015. Perspectives on Sexual and Reproductive Health 47(3): 115-122.

The Role of Young Adults’ Pleasure Attitudes in Shaping Condom UseHiggins and Wang. 2015. American Journal of Public Health 105(7): 1329-1332.

Which Young Adults Are Most Likely to Use Withdrawal? The importance of Pregnancy Attitudes and Pleasure. Higgins and Wang. 2015. Contraception 91: 320-327.

Here’s a news story from Reuters Health about the article.The Intimate Link: A Systematic Review of Highly Effective Reversible Contraception and Women’s Sexual ExperienceSanders, Smith, Higgins. 2015. Clinical Obstetrics & Gynecology 57(4): 777-789.

The Intimate Link: A Systematic Review of Highly Effective Reversible Contraception and Women’s Sexual ExperienceSanders, Smith, Higgins. 2014. Clinical Obstetrics & Gynecology 57(4): 777-789.

Dual Method Use at Last Sexual Encounter: A Nationally Representative, Episode-Level Analysis of US Men and Women. Higgins, Smith, Sanders, Schick, Herbenick, Reece, Dodge, and Fortenberry. 2014. Contraception 90(4): 399-406.

Contraceptive Sex-Acceptability: A Commentary, Synopsis, and Agenda for Future Research. Higgins and Davis. 2014. Contraception 90(1): 4-10.

Pull and Pray or Extra Protection? Contraceptive Strategies Involving Withdrawal among US Adult WomenJones, Lindberg, and Higgins. 2014. Contraception 90(4): 416-421.

Use of Withdrawal (Coitus Interruptus) for both Pregnancy and HIV Prevention among Young Adults in Rakai, Uganda. Higgins, Gregor, Mathur, et al. 2014. Journal of Sexual Medicine 11(10): 2421-2427.

Celebration Meets Caution: Long-Acting Contraception (LARC)’s Boons, Potential Busts, and the Benefits of a Reproductive Justice ApproachHiggins. 2014. Contraception 89(4): 237-241.

Including Women’s Pleasure in the Next Generation of Condoms. Higgins and Fennell. 2013. Journal of Sexual Medicine 10(12): 3151-3.

Dual Use of Condoms and Contraceptives in the United States: A Review. Higgins and Cooper. 2012. Sexual Health 9(1): 73-80.

Pregnancy Ambivalence and Contraceptive Use among Young Adult Men and Women in the US. Higgins, Popkin, and Santelli. 2012. Perspectives on Sexual and Reproductive Health 44(4): 236-243.

  • This paper won a Robert Wood Johnson award for Best Research in Health & Society, UW-Madison, 2013

Attitudes toward Unprotected Intercourse and Risk of Pregnancy among Women Seeking Abortions. Foster, Higgins, Karasek, et al. 2012. Women’s Health Issues 22(2): e149-e155.

Willingness to Have Unprotected Sex. Foster, Higgins, Biggs, et al. 2012. Journal of Sex Research 49(1): 61-68.

Sexuality and Contraception (Chapter 1).  Higgins and Davis. 2011. In: Contraceptive Technology, 20th Revised Edition. Robert A. Hatcher, James Trussell, Anita L. Nelson, Willard Cates, Jr., Deborah Kowal, eds. New York: Ardent Media, Inc. Pages 1-28.

Sex as “Risk of Conception”?: Sexual Frames within the Family Planning Field. Higgins. 2010. In Handbook of Sexuality, Health, and Rights. Peter Aggleton and Richard Parker, eds. New York: Routledge. 153-163.

Arousal Loss Associated with Condoms and Risk of Pregnancy: Implications for Women’s and Men’s Sexual Risk Behaviors. Higgins, Tanner, and Janssen. 2009. Perspectives on Sexual and Reproductive Health 41(3):150-157.

‘Better than Nothing’ or Savvy Risk Reduction Practice? The Importance of Withdrawal. 2009. Jones, Fennell, Higgins, et al. Contraception 79(6):407-410.

Relationships between Contraceptive Method and Sexual Pleasure and Satisfaction: Results from the Women’s Wellbeing and Sexuality Study. Higgins, Hoffman, Graham, and Sanders. 2008. Sexual Health 5(4): 321-330.

Pleasure, Power, and Inequality: Incorporating Sexuality Into Research on Contraceptive Use. Higgins and Hirsch. 2008. American Journal of Public Health 98(10): 1803-1813.

Pleasure, Prophylaxis, and Procreation: A Qualitative Analysis of Intermittent Contraceptive Use and Unintended Pregnancy. Higgins, Hirsch, and Trussell. 2008. Perspectives on Sexual and Reproductive Health 40(3): 130-137.

Microbicide Acceptability: Insights for Future Directions from Providers and Policy Makers. Hoffman, Cooper, Ramjee, et al. 2008. AIDS Education & Prevention 20(2): 188-202.

The Pleasure Deficit: Revisiting the “Sexuality Connection” in Reproductive Health. Higgins and Hirsch. 2007. Perspectives on Sexual Reproductive Health 39(4): 240-247 and International Family Planning Perspectives 33(3): 133-139.

Sexy Feminisms & Sexual Health: Theorizing Heterosex, Pleasure and Constraint in Public Health Research. Higgins. 2007. Atlantis 31(2): 72-81.