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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 idealist.org 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 […]

Two Contraceptives Are Better Than On...

Dual-method contraceptive use seemed like a good topic in preparation for #ThxBirthControl Day. You don’t always have to pick just one! If you had a chance to read our article on contraceptive pregnancy rates, you can understand why adding another form of birth control would be helpful. Even when using a contraceptive, the risk of […]

Promising News for Male Contraception...

We’ve written before how the Affordable Care Act covers all female contraceptives but not a single male contraceptive. This omission is particularly odd considering men only have two options they can purchase—condoms and vasectomies. A vasectomy is cheaper, less invasive, and more effective than a tubal ligation. And male condoms are not only popular for […]

How Do You Evaluate the HEX Condom?

Unless we come up with a vaccine for every sexually transmitted infection (STI), condoms aren’t going anywhere. We’ve said as much before. In one national study that gave data on men, one in five men with a regular partner reported using a condom during their last time having sex. Among men with a casual partner, […]

Searching for Katharine McCormick

  Ever wonder why the birth control pill exists? Naturally, there were great scientists behind the Pill. Folks like John Rock and Gregory Pincus had the ideas and scientific skill to make it happen. And there was Margaret Sanger who pulled everyone together. Sanger was a spokesperson of sorts and an expert networker. Smart people […]