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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 with […]

It’s Men’s Health Week, and One Docto...

by Valerie Tarico Originally published on Dr. Stephanie Page at the University of Washington talks about why male birth control matters. The Centers for Disease Control declared June 13 to 19 of 2016 as “National Men’s Health Week.” If it was Women’s Health Week, media experts would be talking a lot about sexual health and, […]

International Consortium on Male Cont...

This month we had the pleasure of being invited invited to the first meeting of the International Consortium for Male Contraception (ICMC), held in Paris. This was an invitation to researchers and players in the field of male contraception. Presenters spoke on a number of topics regarding research techniques, social impact, and prospective male methods. […]

Better Birth Control for Men – How Wo...

by Valerie Tarico Originally published on Most people think of contraception as an issue of women’s health and rights. But for millennia, men too have wanted choices—the means to decide whether, when, and with whom they father a child.Coitus interruptus or the “withdrawal method” was practiced as early as 2500 years ago, and from […]

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