Melody Y. Hou, M.D., M.P.H. for UC Davis Health

Melody Y. Hou, M.D., M.P.H.

Professor, Division of Clinical Obstetrics and Gynecology

To see if Melody Y. Hou is accepting new patients, or for assistance finding a UC Davis doctor, please call 800-2-UCDAVIS (800-282-3284).



Family Planning


Locations and Contact

Lawrence J. Ellison Ambulatory Care Center

Obstetrics and Gynecology Clinic
4860 Y St.
Sacramento, CA 95817

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Phone: 916-734-6900

Additional Numbers

Clinic Fax


Physician Referrals

800-4-UCDAVIS (800-482-3284)

Philosophy of Care

I strongly believe in partnering with my patients to understand their medical issues and develop treatment plans to meet their goals. I strive to provide compassionate care to all my patients, and enjoy developing a long-term relationship of mutual trust and respect with each individual that I see.

Clinical Interests

Dr. Hou is a board-certified gynecologist with a second board certification in complex family planning. She has a special interest in family planning provision and menstrual management for patients with complex conditions and management of early pregnancy loss.

Research/Academic Interests

Dr. Hou's research interests include advances and utilization of contraception and abortion care and medical student education.


Family Planning

Undergraduate School

B.S., Biological Sciences, Northwestern University, Evanston IL 1999

Medical School

M.D., Harvard Medical School, Boston MA 2003

Other School

M.P.H., Clinical Effectiveness, Concentration in Epidemiology, Harvard University School of Public Health, Boston MA 2008


Obstetrics and Gynecology, UCLA Medical Center, Los Angeles CA 2003-2004


Obstetrics and Gynecology, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, Boston MA 2004-2007


Family Planning, Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Harvard Medical School, Boston MA 2007-2009

Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation Hospitals Award for Excellence in Teaching in Clinical Sciences, 2014, 2020

Sacramento Magazine’s 2019 Top Doctors, 2019

Gold Humanism Honor Society, UC Davis: Faculty Inductee, 2018

Deans Award for Excellence: Inspirational Faculty Educator, 2017

Cum Laude, Harvard Medical School, 2003

Monasch EM, Wadell PM, Baumann S, Hopkins M, Hou MY. An Interdisciplinary Flipped Classroom Module on Postpartum Depression Using Telemedicine and Online Teaching. Acad Psychiatry. 2022 Apr;46(2):172-174. doi:10.1007/s40596-021-01475-2. Epub 2021 May 10. PMID:33973165.

Hou MY, Davis SL, Ponzini MD, Wilson MD, Pawar A, Melo J, Chen MJ. Complex family planning and pediatric hematology oncology integrated clinic for young people with blood disorders and heavy or abnormal menstrual bleeding. Contraception. 2022 Apr;108:69-72. doi:10.1016/j.contraception.2021.12.014. Epub 2022 Jan 11. PMID:35031306.

López CL, Wilson MD, Hou MY, Chen MJ. Racial and Ethnic Diversity Among Obstetrics and Gynecology, Surgical, and Nonsurgical Residents in the US From 2014 to 2019. JAMA Netw Open. 2021 May 3;4(5):e219219. doi:10.1001/jamanetworkopen.2021.9219. PMID:34009352.

Creinin MD, Hou MY, Dalton L, Steward R, Chen MJ. Mifepristone Antagonization With Progesterone to Prevent Medical Abortion: A Randomized Controlled Trial. Obstet Gynecol. 2020 Jan;135(1):158-165. doi:10.1097/AOG.0000000000003620. PMID:31809439.

Mokkarala S, Creinin MD, Wilson MD, Yee NS, Hou MY. Comparing preoperative dating and postoperative dating for second-trimester surgical abortions. Contraception. 2020 Jan;101(1):5-9. doi:10.1016/j.contraception.2019.06.008. Epub 2019 Jun 19. PMID:31226319.

Muramoto OT, Calfee AL, Shorter JM, Creinin MD, Hou MY. Quality Improvement: Changing Patterns of Antibiotic Prophylaxis for Surgical Abortion. J Healthc Qual. 2017 Sep/Oct;39(5):e79-e83. doi:10.1097/JHQ.0000000000000074. PMID:27984358.

Hou MY. Discordant relationship between Essure microinsert position and tubal occlusion. BMJ Case Rep. 2016 Jul 27;2016:bcr2016216535. doi:10.1136/bcr-2016-216535. PMID:27466315.

Hou MY, McNicholas C, Creinin MD. Combined oral contraceptive treatment for bleeding complaints with the etonogestrel contraceptive implant: a randomised controlled trial. Eur J Contracept Reprod Health Care. 2016 Oct;21(5):361-6. doi:10.1080/13625187.2016.1210122. Epub 2016 Jul 15. PMID:27419258.

Hou MY, Roncari DM. Permanent Contraception. Hatcher RA, Nelson AL, Trussell J, Cwiak C, Cason P, Policar MA, Edelman A, Aiken ARA, Marrazzo J, Kowal D (eds). Contraceptive Technology, 21st ed, Ayer Company Publishers, Inc, New York, NY. 2018;16:459-510.

Hou MY, Hurwitz S, Kavanagh E, Fortin J, Goldberg AB. Using daily text-message reminders to improve adherence with oral contraceptives: a randomized controlled trial. Obstet Gynecol. 2010 Sep;116(3):633-640. doi:10.1097/AOG.0b013e3181eb6b0f. Erratum in: Obstet Gynecol. 2010 Nov;116(5):1224. PMID:20733446.