As we have been sharing in previous posts, sharing people’s perspectives and opinions about male contraception is an integral part of MCI’s outreach efforts. In an effort to continue sharing the thoughts and perspectives MCI staff has on the topic, we sat down and spoke with our Communications Strategist, Nica Daria. In this post, she shares her motivations for working at Male Contraceptive Initiative as well as her thoughts about male contraception.
What do you think about male contraception?
I see a future where discussing the male birth control pill is routine at doctor’s visits. Male contraception can increase reproductive health equity and the quality of life for our global community. It will give more people control of their health and futures, especially young people. I want to destigmatize this topic because we shouldn’t feel awkward talking about male contraception, and we definitely shouldn’t be embarrassed to demand it.
What motivated you to work at MCI? What do you hope to accomplish at MCI?
I want to improve reproductive health access and justice for all, and am excited to take part in MCI’s active efforts of involving young people in male contraception advocacy. With the field’s growing interest in the sociobehavioral aspects of male contraception, it is key to understand people’s lifestyles, learn what methods people would want, and determine who would adopt these new contraceptive options. I want to empower young people to use their voices and networks, so that their peers know these methods are being actively worked on and their participation can help reduce stigma around using these methods.
What are some things that you wish everyone knew about male contraception?
It’s definitely a thing! There are many scientists around the world who have been working to provide us with better male contraceptive options for years.
There’s also a misconception that men are irresponsible and can’t be trusted with contraception. Research shows men are interested in using contraception to both ensure they engage in protected sex and be supportive of their partners. In addressing this issue, we also need to set the standard that men be willing, active participants of preventing unintended pregnancy. By raising this bar, we can better protect everyone’s reproductive health and rights.
What impact do you think new male methods of contraception will have on the world?
New male contraception options will be important to creating gender equity in contraception by providing men the freedom that women are afforded with their birth control. Alongside this is paving the way and setting the expectation for men to share contraceptive responsibility. In doing these, we can collectively ensure that all people have the ability to shape their future as they desire—whether that includes having children or not.
We will continue sharing more perspectives from our team, our grantees, and members of the general public moving forward. Want to lend your voice to the conversation? Reach out to us and share your thoughts today!