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Anna Nichols is originally from Houston, Texas. She graduated in May of 2016 with her B.A. in Biology from Pitzer College. She is one of the 2016 T.J. Watson Fellows.                       

Her Watson project is titled: Informed Consent, Individual Choice, and Factors Influencing Women's Contraceptive Decision Making.


 I am embarking on an exploration of sexual health around the world. Over the next 12 months I am traveling around the world researching sexual/ reproductive health and, more specifically, sex education and contraception.

My hope is to volunteer with reproductive health organization and family planning clinics, or other groups that do work in these areas, interacting with and conducting in-depth interviews with providers and women seeking sexual health services. The goal of my project is to explore the ways in which women make decisions about their reproductive health care. What motivates women in their choices regarding a contraceptive method? What is the role of the patient-provider relationship in contraceptive method selection? How does one's cultural and community values influence their choice of contraception? What risk reduction (both in terms of pregnancy and sexually transmitted infections) are people employing? 

 Follow along for information on sexual health and to learn about my experiences while exploring the world at large. 

If you have any questions or know of possible connections for me along my journey, email me at

First stop: The Netherlands.