Male Attitudes and Experiences with Unintended Pregnancy
This blog post is by Jaylan Weaver, a 2020 MCI intern from North Carolina Central University.
As an undergraduate student at North Carolina Central University (NCCU), the Department of Public Health Education requires seniors to complete an eight-week internship with a public health agency. I viewed this experience as an opportunity to jump-start my professional life as a newly emerging health educator. Picture this…“Jaylan Weaver, Health Education Specialist”…I like the sound of that. Eager to contribute my knowledge and skills to an organization, I was encouraged to complete my internship with the Male Contraceptive Initiative (MCI) , a local nonprofit organization in Durham, North Carolina. At first, when I thought about male contraceptives, the only thing I could think of was condoms and vasectomies. However, after the first week of reading and learning about MCI, I was exposed to the vast number of male contraceptive methods currently in development. I love science, particularly biology, so learning about all of the different methods and how they affect male physiology motivated me to learn all I could.
This blog post is by Brittany Chambers, a 2020 MCI intern from North Carolina Central University.
In the words of Pablo Picasso: “There is only one way to look at things, until someone shows us how to look at them with different eyes.” This quote exemplifies my experience in my internship at Male Contraceptive Initiative (MCI) because it made me take a moment to realize the value of picturing yourself if you were in someone else’s shoes.
Nearly half of all pregnancies worldwide are unintended and current options do not meet the needs of users desiring contraception, specifically with respect to male methods which are still limited to condoms and vasectomy. Despite this, there has been little progress in the development of new male contraceptives for the past half century. This is largely due to limited funding and, by extension, limited human resources working to address this shortfall. The progress that has been made to date is thanks to the tireless efforts of a small group of passionate scientists and advocates.