Why Contraceptive Innovation?

Despite the availability of various contraceptive methods, more than 200 million women in developing countries want to avoid or delay pregnancy yet are not using an effective family planning method. For some of these women, access to contraception is limited. For others, currently available methods do not meet their needs or preferences or are unaffordable. Innovative solutions are needed in the areas of product development, registration, pricing, and introduction to address these barriers.

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High-level Panel Reports on Access to Health Technologies
High-level United Nations panel calls for General Assembly special session to develop accountability framework that promotes innovation while ensuring access to critical health care technolo...

Grand Challenges Explorations #18 Targets Contraceptive Research
Two of the four topics in the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation's Grand Challenges Explorations Round 18 Call for Concepts are of particular interest to contraceptive technology researchers.

Keeping Male Contraceptive Research Front and Center
Novel approaches, identification of new genetic targets, and more expansive acceptability research could lead to development of new male contraceptives in our lifetime.

Calliope, the Contraceptive Pipeline Database
Calliope, the Contraceptive Pipeline Database, provides information on new and future contraceptive products, including long-acting and novel products currently only available in li...

Engaging Males in Family Planning – Disrupting the Status Quo
When men are well informed about the benefits of contraception, they can become active participants in the health and well-being of their partners and children.

WHO to Review Risk of HIV Acquisition with Hormonal Contraception
The World Health Organization will convene an expert group to assess its current guidance on use of hormonal contraception by women at risk of HIV acquisition given an updated systematic rev...

CDC Updates Contraceptive Use Recommendations
The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has updated two key guidance documents on contraceptive use.

Making New Male Contraceptives a Reality
Slow, steady progress is being made in male contraceptive research but important challenges still need to be addressed.

Genetic and Small Molecule Advances Bode Well for Male Contracept...
Recent advances suggest that development of a non-hormonal male contraceptive may be possible.

New Male Contraceptives: What’s in the Near-term Pipeline?
The ability of scientists to discover ways to keep sperm production at bay will be instrumental in significantly changing the contraceptive landscape for men.

It Takes Two: How Men Fit into Expanding the FP Method Mix
Not only would new male contraceptives add to the method mix, they would give men an opportunity to take a more proactive and equitable role in their own reproductive health and that of thei...

Beyond Condoms and Vasectomies: What’s Happening with Male Con...
Novel male contraceptives under development always seem to be "a decade away" from market introduction. In this 5-part series, the challenges of male contraceptive research will be explored...


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