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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Featured resources and latest news from the Exchanges blog


Giving Method Acceptability Research its Due in Contraceptive Dev...
To shed more light on the important role method acceptability plays in contraceptive development, the CTI Exchange invited several thought leaders to share their insights in a recently compl...

Finding an acceptable, long-acting, and reversible male contracep...
Even using the conservative modeling estimate of 10% acceptability, a non-hormonal, long-acting, reversible male contraceptive could be a societal game changer.

Upcoming Webinar: MPT End-User Research: Updates from the Field
Recent acceptability research findings will be shared at a September 28 webinar, “MPT End-User Research: Updates from the Field,” sponsored by the Initiative for Multipurpose Technologi...

Through the Eyes of a 16-year-old Zambian Girl
An estimated 33 million female youth do not want to get pregnant but, for one reason or another, are not using modern family planning methods. What can we do to alter this balance sheet?

Upcoming Symposium on the Basic Science behind Male Fertility
On October 13, the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences and the Campion Fund will co-host a 1-day symposium "Advances in Andrology: The Basic Science behind Fertility."

Seizing an Opportunity to Collect User Experience Data
Clinical trials provide a unique opportunity to collect user experience data that could inform marketing strategies, programmatic planning, and counseling guidelines.

NIH Enhancing its Clinical Trial Stewardship
NIH is implementing a series of administrative changes to enhance stewardship of its funded clinical trials.

Putting Women's Voices at the Heart of MPT Development

Hypothetically Speaking...If We Build it, Will They Come?
Across several lines of inquiry, the biggest complaints about existing family planning methods were directly related to what makes many of them work – contraceptive steroids.

Today’s Dreams, Tomorrow’s Reality? Contraceptives that Relia...
We now have contraception options that can minimize the frequency and duration of menstrual bleeding without safety concerns, while even providing health benefits.  Unfortunately, these met...

Levoplant Receives WHO Prequalification
On June 30, 2017, the World Health Organization prequalified Sino-implant (II), a long-acting 2-rod reversible contraceptive implant marketed globally under the name of Levoplant.

Call for Concepts: Feasibility Studies for Novel Delivery System...
The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation has issued a call for concepts from qualified organizations to conduct preliminary feasibility studies for development of novel contraceptive delivery sys...


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