It is critically important to take into consideration the diversity of people’s interests and needs when developing the next generation of contraception for sperm-producers.
The research and development activities for the next generation of non-hormonal, reversible contraceptives for sperm-producers are ongoing and will likely take years given the nature of drug development and the related need for safety and efficacy testing. This means that today’s youth will be tomorrow’s users of these new methods. Given that around 5% of young adults in the United States today identify as either transgender or nonbinary, there is a clear need to move beyond the gender binary in order to ensure future contraceptives meet a diversity of needs and preferences. On this page, we share details about different communities within the LGBTQIA+ spectrum in an effort to ensure their needs are understood and accounted for.
Contraceptive Care for LGBTQIA+ People
Contraception Beyond the Binary
At MCI, we believe that our work is more than just drug or product development: it's a mission to empower everyone with the freedom to choose how they manage their fertility, contraception, and family planning. We want people across the gender and sexuality spectrum to benefit from the contraceptive methods we support and advocate for, and understand that marginalized groups are often overlooked in contraception product development and research. This primer provides an overview of how we are working towards doing better for all the transgender, nonbinary, gender non-conforming, intersex, and gender-fluid people.
Transmasculine people, who are men, male, nonbinary, or another gender identity different from their female sex assigned at birth, experience a range of complex social challenges when accessing reproductive health services, like contraception. This primer provides additional details about this community’s interests and needs.
Nuts & Bolts: Transmasculine
Transfeminine people are those whose gender identity is partially or fully feminine and differs from the sex the person had or was identified as having at birth; they are are people who were assigned male at birth (AMAB) but identify more with a feminine identity. This primer provides a more detailed description of this community and its healthcare needs.
Nuts & Bolts: Transfeminine
Intersex is a general term used for a variety of situations in which a person is born with reproductive or sexual anatomy that doesn’t fit within the rigid definitions of “female” or “male.” The intersex community is diverse and full of different sex characteristics (e.g., sex chromosomes, gonads, genitalia, hormones, or a combination). This primer provides additional information about this community and its interests and needs.
Nuts & Bolts: Intersex
Barriers to Sexual & Reproductive Health Care for LGBTQIA+ Individuals