MCI conducts surveys to help us understand the perceptions of potential male contraceptive users. Gathering these perspectives helps us as an organization understand what potential consumers are looking for, and how people think about male contraception.
A recent survey of perspectives from stakeholders and potential users of male contraception gave us insights on what respondents are looking for in potential methods, and how new methods would affect gender and relationship dynamics and reproductive autonomy. Here, we share some of the main takeaways from that survey.
There were 244 respondents to the survey at the time of analysis, which was distributed through MCI’s newsletter and through the Parsemus Foundation listserv. Most were potential users (75%, presumably men) and partners of potential users (7%, presumably women). Most of the remaining respondents were people working in the field: in R&D, academia, and funding. Though there were respondents representing every continent in the world, most were from North America and Europe (64% and 27%, respectively).
Male Birth Control User Perspectives: Key Findings
Among respondents, there is a clear desire for more methods of male contraception: 97% of respondents say that there is a need for additional male contraception. Respondents also think that men should be involved in family planning: 96% of respondents think that men should either be as involved as women in family planning or more involved than women in family planning (85% believe that men and women should be equally involved, whereas 11% believe that men should take a lead role).
The four main themes identified from this survey are:
How do respondents think we can make male birth control a reality? Respondents say availability of a method is important, and education, information dissemination, and marketing is needed as well. They think that men and women both need to be included in the male contraceptive conversation, and that more funding and research and testing are important.
What’s MCI doing?
We agree with respondents that we need method availability! We fund researchers developing male contraceptive methods, and also catalyze conversations around expanded male birth control options. We’re bringing it to the market, and making sure that the market is ready for it. Stay engaged with us and what we’re working on this site, as well as on Twitter, Facebook, YouTube, LinkedIn and Instagram.