Posts by Aaron Hamlin

Getting Male Birth Control To Market

Our mission is to get new male contraceptives to market. Specifically, we’re talking about reversible, non-hormonal methods that act during later stage sperm development. This pickiness sidesteps avoidable side effects and makes for a birth control method that works much faster. So how do we get male contraceptives to market? The first step is getting […]

The Contraceptive Hot Hand

Imagine your friend—we’ll call him James—starts up about this new woman he’s been dating. “She’s so great,” he says. “And on top of that, the sex is amazing!” You’re happy for James, of course. But at the same time, you know your friend isn’t always the most careful. “You’re using protection, right?” you ask. “Well, […]

2016 Highlights with MCI

Our 2016 Annual report is now available on our site! We added three new board members during the 2016 year: Deb Levine, Gail King, and our treasurer, Robert Miller. We have all the components of a truly wonderful team, particularly with our new Director of Operations and Programs, Dr. Logan Nickels. We continued our media […]

Why We Do Male Contraceptive Marketin...

We recently got back our male contraceptive survey data from 1,500 nationally representative male respondents. Because we intend to analyze and publish this data, we have some restrictions about delving too deeply before publication. But in the meantime, we can talk about why we did this and describe what we did overall. MCI’s mission is […]

Contraceptive Pregnancy Rates Drop: H...

You may hear us talk a lot about annual typical-use pregnancy rates when we refer to contraceptives like the condom or Pill. What we’re talking about here are the annual pregnancy rates for everyone that uses a particular method. Typical use means everyone, including people that use the method perfectly and those who are inconsistent. […]

Male Contraceptives Will Stay Absent ...

Under the new administration, the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) has undercut men’s and women’s ability to achieve their family planning goals. It was looking promising that male contraceptive coverage would be included in the Affordable Care Act (ACA/Obamacare). But since the new administration, that’s changed. How did DHHS do that? To get […]

We’re Hiring! Director of Opera...

We were talking with one of our funders recently and they said that they were amazed by the amount of work we do for such a small operation. We pride ourselves on our efficiency. That said, we’ve reached the point where we need to bring on another employee. We’ve just made an job posting […]

Announcing Our 2017 Request for Propo...

We’ve repeatedly given the same response for why a male contraceptive hasn’t reached the market. There needs to be more funding available, and it needs to be funding for the right kind of research. That’s why we’re stepping up. Following the generous support of an anonymous donor, we’re announcing a request for proposals. We’re providing […]

World Vasectomy Day 2016

World Vasectomy Day (WVD) celebrated its fourth successful year, led by co-founder Jonathan Stack. It’s now spread to over 50 countries. In India, WVD is even an official event. This year, the effort from WVD translated to over 7,000 vasectomies. Over 70 of the vasectomies were performed in Nairobi where the event was held. That’s […]

Male Contraception Begs for a Paradig...

Researchers recently published a phase-two male contraceptive trial. There are three phases before the FDA decides whether to approve a drug, so getting this far was a major accomplishment based on decades of research. The downside is that the trial went poorly. An independent safety committee ended it early. But we can use this lesson […]