David K. Turok

Associate Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology, University of Utah
Chapter Member: Utah SSN

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About David

Turok, MD/MPH, directs the Family Planning Fellowship and research program at the University of Utah. He is an experienced clinical Obstetrician/Gynecologist, an educator, and researcher. He is involved in a wide variety of clinical research projects including testing of new contraceptive methods and improving access to highly effective methods of contraception. He currently leads the HER (Highly Effective Reversible) Salt Lake Contraceptive Initiative. This county-wide intervention removed financial barriers to all contraceptive methods will provide data on the economic and educational effects of this service for over 4,000 women and serve as an evidence base for expanding contraceptive access for all women with limited resources throughout Utah.

In the News

"Compassion, Contraception and Abortion," David K. Turok (with Kirtly Jones), The Salt Lake Tribune, March 1, 2012.


"The Quest for Patient-Centered Family Planning" American Journal of Obstetrics & Gynecology 216, no. 2 (2017): 98-100.

Provides a framework for family planning efforts that combines patient autonomy with informative communication and free access to all methods of contraception.

"New Developments in Long-Acting Reversible Contraception: The Promise of Intrauterine Devices and Implants to Improve Family Planning Services" (with Lori M. Gawron and Samantha Lawson). Fertility and Sterility 106, no. 6 (2016): 1273-1281.

Argues that declining rates of unintended pregnancy in the US are due in part to increased use of highly effective, long-acting reversible contraception methods such as IUDs and implants. Explores advances in delivery systems, devices, and use.

"A Prospective Assessment of Pelvic Infection Risk following Same-Day Sexually Transmitted Infection Testing and Levonorgestrel Intrauterine System Placement" (with David L. Eisenberg, Stephanie B. Teal, Lisa M. Keder, and Mitchell D. Creinin). American Journal of Obstetrics & Gynecology 215, no. 5 (2016): 599.e1-599.e6.

Examines the misperception that same-day intrauterine system placement and STI testing lead to pelvic infections, and concludes that women without evidence of active infections can have intrauterine system placement and STI screening on the same day.

"Women's Sexual Function, Satisfaction, and Perceptions after Starting Long-Acting Reversible Contraceptives" (with Jessica N. Sanders, Mari Palta, and John Andrew Higgins). Obstetrics & Gynecology 128, no. 5 (2016): 1143-1151.

Explores the relationship between long-acting reversible contraception (LARC) and women’s sexual outcomes. New LARC users reported no measurable objective change in sexual function or satisfaction.