Sexuality and Sexual Health


Sex, Poverty, and Public Health: Connections between Sexual Wellbeing and Economic Resources and Sexual Wellbeing Among US Reproductive Health Clients. Higgins, Kramer, Senderowicz, Everett, Turok and Sanders. 2022. Perspectives on Sexual and Reproductive Health 54(1): 25-28.

Socioeconomics and Erotic Inequity: A Theoretical Overview and Narrative Review of Associations between Poverty, Socioeconomic Conditions, and Sexual Wellbeing. Higgins, Lands, Ufot, McClelland. 2022. The Journal of Sex Research 59(8): 940-956.

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:

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.

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.

Do Sexual Minorities Receive Appropriate Sexual and Reproductive Heath Care and Counseling? Everett, Higgins, Haider, and Carpenter. 2019. Journal of Women’s Health. 28(1): 53-62.

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.

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

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.

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

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.

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

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.

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

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

Sexual Satisfaction and Sexual Health among US University Students. Higgins, Mullinax, Trussell, et al. 2011. American Journal of Public Health 101(9): 1643-1654.

Virginity Lost, Satisfaction Gained? Physiological and Psychological Sexual Satisfaction at Heterosexual Debut. Higgins, Trussell, Moore, et al. 2010. Journal of Sex Research 47(4): 384-394. (With adjoining commentary by Laura Carpenter.)

Higgins et al. 2010. Verbal vs implied consent at first sex and implications for contraceptive use. Higgins, Trussell, Davidson, et al. 2010. American Journal of Health Education 41(4): 218-230.

Young Adult Sexual Health: Current and Prior Sexual Behaviors among non-Hispanic White U.S. College Students. Higgins, Trussell, Moore, et al. 2010. Sexual Health 7: 35-43.

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.

Sexual Needs, Control, and Refusal: How “Doing” Class and Gender Influences Sexual Risk Taking. Higgins and Browne. 2008. Journal of Sex Research 45(3): 233-245.

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.

Factors Associated with the Context of Sex Education in U.S. Secondary Schools. Landry, Singh, Darroch, et al. 2003. Perspectives on Sexual and Reproductive Health 35(6): 261-269.