Emilio Arisi

Emilio Arisi

Emilio Arisi

The 'Arisi Collection' encompasses approximately 150 objects and documents concerned with prevention and termination of pregnancy. As an Italian gynecologist and developer of contraceptive coils, for many years Arisi entertained the notion of opening his own museum. Dialogue with Dr. Fiala lead him instead to the idea of entrusting his collection to the Museum for Abortion and Contraception.

Emilio Arisi, Gynecologist


Dr. Arisi (born June 4, 1943) studied at the University of Parma where he compeleted his Obstetrics-Gynecology studies in 1972. He subsequently worked in the employ of general hospitals at Montichiari (Brescia), Carpi (Modena) und Correggio (Reggio Emilia). He served at the Department of Gynecology and Obstetrics at the University of Modena from 1980 through 1988.

Arisi has been head the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at the General Hospitals of Suzzara (Mantua) and Guastalla (Reggio Emilia). He directed a specialized department at the Regional Hospital St. Chiara in Trento since 1993.

In addition to focusing on family planning, contraception, high risk pregnancy, menopause and cancer, Dr. Arisi has organized congresses and published more than 400 scientific papers (including books). Arisi was scientific director of the journal 'Current Obstetrics and Gynaecology’ from 1992 until the cessation of the Italian language edition in 2006.

Arisi was president of the local Italian organization of IPPF (International Planned Parenthood Federation) from 1990-2006, representing it internationally as well as under the auspices of the umbrella organization.  Moreover, Arisi is a member of several international and scientific societies, such as SIGO (Società Italiana di Ginecologia ed Ostetricia), AOGOI (Associazione Ostetrici Ginecologi Ospedalieri Italiani), ESC (European Society of Contraception). He was a member of the board of directors of SIGO from 2004 till 2007, and treasurer form 2007 to 2010. As secretary of the AOGOI for the region of Trentino-Alto Agige, he is a member of the board of directors.

Moreover, in July of 2006 Arisi founded the SIMC (Societa’ Medica Italiana per la Contraccezione) of which he is currently president. The society publishes the journal Contraccezione Sessualità Salute Riproduttiva: Arisi is scientific editor of the publication.