The Society of Family Planning (SFP), Planned Parenthood Federation of America (PPFA), and the Association of Reproductive Health Professionals (ARHP) are delighted to host the eighth annual North American Forum on Family Planning (the Forum) in New Orleans, LA, from October 20� 22, 2018. This dynamic multidisciplinary meeting is a stimulating opportunity for investigators in the areas of contraception, abortion, and sexual and reproductive health to gather to share research, learn, and develop new ideas. The Forum features presentations of unpublished research, clinical practice updates and thought-provoking breakout sessions that help us stay engaged with the most current evidence and give us the tools to make a difference in the medically, socially, and politically complex sphere of family planning. A record total of 312 scientific abstracts were submitted this year, and reviewed by a panel of 59 family planning experts. The Forum’s Scientific Committee accepted 105 abstracts for poster presentation. The Committee selected 20 of the top-ranked abstracts for oral presentation, and is proud to present four outstanding abstracts in a plenary session for all attendees. These abstracts, described briefly below, detail research from diverse investigators using a spectrum of investigative methodologies, from basic laboratory science to n tionwide integrated knowledge translation.