UCSF Department of Obstetrics, Gynecology and Reproductive Sciences

Investment Type: Grant
Year: 2018
Amount: $252,000
Organization Type: Nonprofit

The mission of the UCSF Department of Obstetrics, Gynecology and Reproductive Sciences is to improve the lives and health of all women through excellence, innovation and leadership in patient care, scientific discovery, education, advocacy, and diversity, equity and inclusion. They are committed to providing quality health care services; educating health care providers and investigators; and conducting research to advance knowledge in our field.

Why we invest:

Cervical mucus plays an important role in fertility and contraception due to properties at different times in the menstrual cycle that alternatively prevent or permit sperm entry into the uterus. The UCSF labs of Drs. Karen McCune and Susan Fisher have preliminary findings  indicating that cervical mucus and, perhaps saliva, reveal distinct  patterns during different phases of a woman’s ovulatory cycle.  If these patterns can be validated in saliva, a better and more accurate diagnostic tests could be developed to track monthly fertility.  Once validated, additional research could be undertaken to identify non-hormonal compounds to maintain unfavorable cervical mucus throughout the cycle resulting in a new non-hormonal contraceptive method. In 2018, Tara Health will support this research as part of our commitment to investing in new and better non-hormonal contraceptive technologies.

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