Sam Rowlands

Sam Rowlands

  • srowlands at bournemouth dot ac dot uk
  • Visiting Professor
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Sam Rowlands developed an interest in contraception and abortion even before qualifying in medicine. He conducted one of the first clinical trails of emergency contraception while a research assistant at the Margaret Pyke Centre in London. He trained in general practice and he gained his MD while a GP in an English market town. Subsequently he switched to community sexual and reproductive health.

He has a special interest in contraceptive devices and their safety. He has also had an interest in abortion for many years; more recently he has focused on the regulation of non-surgical abortion methods, human rights and stigma.

He has experience of being a Module Leader and Dissertation Supervisor on an MSc at the University of Warwick. He has held several officer, editorial and committee chair appointments at the Faculty of Sexual & Reproductive Healthcare. He continues to be active as a peer reviewer of articles for a range of journals.

After frequently being called upon to give evidence for the civil courts he took an LLM...



Sam has edited a book entitled Abortion Care which was published by Cambridge University Press on 28 August 2014.

Co-Investigator Wellcome Trust Normative female Sexuality and Abortion Stigma: a feasibility study using Qualitative Secondary Analysis (SASS)


Journal Articles



  • Rowlands, S. and Walker, S., 2023. Reproductive Coercion and Abuse. Gender-Based Violence: A Comprehensive Guide. 441-454.
  • Lohr, P., Lord, J. and Rowlands, S., 2020. How would decriminalisation affect women's health? In: Sheldon, S. and Wellings, K., eds. Decriminalising abortion in the UK: what would it mean?. Bristol: Policy Press, 37-56.
  • Rowlands, S., 2015. Contraceptive devices for women: implants, intrauterine devices and other products. Medicines for women. Cham: Springer.
  • Rowlands, S., 2011. Contraception and sexual problems. In: Khot, A. and Polmear, A., eds. Practical General Practice. Elsevier Health Sciences.
  • Rowlands, S., 1999. Intrauterine contraception. In: Kubba, A., Sanfilippo, J.S. and Hampton, N., eds. Contraception and office gynecology. Bailliere Tindall.
  • Rowlands, S., 1993. Analysis of the family planning consultation. In: Montford, H., ed. Contraceptive Care. Hodder Arnold.


  • Wale, J. and Rowlands, S., 2020. The Ethics of State-Sponsored and Clinical Promotion of Long-Acting Reversible Contraception. In: Contemporary Issues in Fertility Control 13 November 2019 Bournemouth University.


Internet Publications


Invited Lectures

  • Long-acting reversible contraceptives, Bogota, Colombia, 28 Oct 2019 more
  • Restrictions to access to abortion in Europe, Budapest, 10 May 2018 more
  • Overcoming health service barriers to abortion, Belfast, 03 Jun 2016 more
  • A global view of conscientious objection, Lisbon, 30 May 2014 more

External Responsibilities

  • European Society of Contraception & Reproductive Health, Co-ordinator of Expert Group on Abortion (2014-2018),
  • Faculty of Sexual and Reproductive Healthcare, Chair of the Clinical Effectiveness Committee (2010-2016)

Conference Presentations

  • 18th Annual Meeting, Pregnancies associated with etonogestrel implants: comparison of two five-year reporting periods, 11 Nov 2018, Geneva
  • 15th Congress of the ESC, Does sterilisation without valid consent happen in the 21st Century?, 09 May 2018, Budapest


  • LLM in Medical Law (University of Northumbria, 2009)
  • FRCGP in General Practice (Royal College of General Practitioners, 2006)
  • FFSRH in Sexual and Reproductive Health (Faculty of Sexual and Reproductive Healthcare, 2005)
  • MD in Medicine (University of London, 1999)
  • DCH in Paediatrics (Royal College of Physicians of England, 1978)
  • DRCOG in Obstetrics & Gynaecology (Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists, 1976)
  • MBBS in Medicine (University of London, 1974)

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