From February 2017, information about the work of the MRC/CSO Social and Public Health Sciences Unit, University of Glasgow is available and updated on the University of Glasgow website.


Our previous research has investigated women’s contraceptive use and reproductive health, and most recently we have been involved in a collaboration on the first UK prospective study of contraceptive continuation and discontinuation in a general population sample of women in England (the Contessa Study).

Current Research

Lisa McDaid led the qualitative component of CONTESSA.  A purposive sample of the women in the main cohort study were invited to take part in one to one, in-depth interviews to provide further, more detailed, understanding of the context and experience of contraceptive method choice and discontinuation. Interviews were completed with 28 women.



Sadler K, Wellings K, Glasier A, Mercer C, McDaid L, Brima N, Stephenson J, Buston K, Stevens M, Parker R, Copas A, McManus S. Contessa: a longitudinal study of contraception discontinuation - technical report. London, 2011