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This Month's Updates:
 ●   Upcoming: Social Norms and Contraceptive R&D Webinar
 ●   Contraceptive-Induced Menstrual Changes
 ●   Recording Available: A Conversation with Contraceptive R&D Leaders
 ●   CTI Exchange Favorites: What to Read, Listen to, & Watch 

Upcoming: Social Norms and Contraceptive R&D Webinar

Join the Contraceptive Technology Innovation (CTI) Exchange on Wednesday, November 10 at 9am EST/3pm GMT for a discussion with social norms experts and contraceptive developers. This panel will shed light on how and why social norms research can be important and useful for those working in contraceptive R&D, especially in ensuring that products are acceptable and accessible for the populations we are trying to reach. Mark your calendars and register for this exciting event now

Contraceptive-Induced Menstrual Changes

Launch of the CIMC Global Research and Learning Agenda
Join experts from both the menstrual health and family planning fields to learn about the new Contraceptive-Induced Menstrual Changes (CIMC) Global Research and Learning Agenda on November 16 at 11am EST/4pm GMT. Register for the official launch of this new resource and explore how you can apply it to your own work.

Contraceptives and Menstrual Disorders
This new blog, written by FHI 360 interns Lillian Rountree and Margaret Gaw, explores the issue of menstrual disorders and the role that contraceptives can (and cannot) play in providing relief to thousands of girls, women, and menstruators globally. It calls on contraceptive researchers to reconsider the way and reasons contraceptives are used for managing menstrual disorders, viewing contraceptive side benefits as potential starting points for developing more tailored treatment options. Read the full blog here.

Recording Available: A Conversation with Contraceptive R&D Leaders

On October 7, the CTI Exchange streamed a conversation with Laneta Dorflinger, Distinguished Scientist and Director of Product Development and Introduction at FHI 360, and Mark Barone, Deputy Director for Expand Method Choice at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation about the future of contraceptive R&D and how we can design and develop new contraceptive methods that will be more acceptable, accessible, and affordable. View a recording of the conversation here.

CTI Exchange Favorites

What We Are Reading, Listening to and Watching this Month

Here are just a few things on our must-read/listen/watch list:

 ●  Contraceptive Technology Timeline: Travel back in time with FHI 360 and the CTI Exchange to view the history of contraceptive innovation through an interactive timeline, "From Mercury to Microneedles."

 ●  Landscape and Projection of Reproductive Health Supply Needs Report: This report from the Reproductive Health Supplies Coalition and Avenir Health provides a gap analysis for critical reproductive health supplies in low-and-middle-income countries, including for contraception. A webinar launching the report is also available. Access both a recording of this webinar and the report here.

 ●  The Missing Science of Men's Reproductive Health: In this webinar from the Male Contraceptive Initiative (MCI), Rene Almeling, Associate Professor of Sociology at Yale University, presented her work examining why there is so little attention paid to men’s reproductive health and analyzing how this gap affects medical knowledge, health policy, and reproductive politics. The recording is available now.

 ●  20 Essential Resources for Contraceptive Product Introduction: The USAID-funded Expanding Effective Contraceptive Options (EECO) and Knowledge SUCCESS projects have curated a collection of resources to guide the introduction of contraceptive products. The selected resources can support efforts by program planners and implementers to analyze whether to make new contraceptive technologies available and how best to do so. Access these resources here

 ●  Establishment of the African Medicines Agency: This month the African Medicines Agency (AMA) treaty was ratified by 15 African Union (AU) member countries putting into motion a plan that will support African countries to better regulate medical products and coordinate the regulation of medicines across the continent. Read the AU's full press release here and learn about what this means for the continent from Health Policy here.

●  New Levoplant Website: DKT International has recently launched a website dedicated to providing information about Levoplant, a subdermal levonorgestrel implant. View the new website here and learn about early efforts by FHI 360 to increase access to this implant here.

 ●  Multipurpose Prevention Technologies: Opportunities and Challenges to Ensure Advancement of the Most Promising MPTs: This opinion piece from authors Holt et al. discusses the importance of MPTs and a potential path for moving forward the expansion of MPT product development.

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The CTI Exchange is a platform intended to grow the global contraceptive R&D ecosystem through collaboration and knowledge sharing. The platform is coordinated by FHI 360 with support from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation as part of the Contraceptive Technology Innovation Initiative. If you would like to receive updates, please sign up here. Input from our partners is essential to ensure the CTI Exchange offers the most up-to-date content and resources to readers. We encourage contributions to our blog, as well as submission of news items for our announcements section and content for our resource library. Reach out to us via email (, follow us on Twitter, connect with us on LinkedIn, and subscribe to our YouTube channel to view past webinars and access a curated list of some of our favorite videos, conferences, lectures, and more!


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