Modern hormonal and prescription contraception is primarily focused on giving cisgender women, or people who identify as women who were also assigned female at birth, the means to protect themselves against an unintended pregnancy. While pills, patches, and IUDs are useful tools to help cis women control their fertility, they may fall short at protecting some cis men, trans, nonbinary, and intersex people. In recent years, there has been an increased awareness of sexual and reproductive health disparities adversely affecting LGBTQ populations.
Male Contraceptive Initiative takes our mission seriously and we are constantly looking for ways to reach our organization goals and contribute to expansive contraception access. After an extensive internal review of our values, organizational activities, and aspirations, as well as the way we communicate our work to outside audiences, MCI arrived at “Reproductive Autonomy for All” as our central vision statement. We believe that this articulation of our vision complements and enhances our mission to “empower men, and couples, to fully contribute to family planning goals by providing them the resources they need for reproductive autonomy”. Through these simple statements we are able to clearly convey that our work is more than just drug or product development, but rather a mission to empower everyone with the freedom to choose for themselves how to manage their own fertility and family planning goals.