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This Month's Updates:
 ●   Beginning with the End in Mind Wrap-Up
 ●   Resources on Contraceptive-Induced Menstrual Changes
 ●   CTI Exchange Favorites: What to Read, Listen to, & Watch 

Beginning with the End in Mind Wrap-Up

This year on the Contraceptive Technology Innovation (CTI) Exchange we have been hosting a series called "Beginning with the End in Mind," which has highlighted the importance of keeping the needs and perspectives of potential end users front-and-center as we design, test, evaluate, and introduce new contraceptive products and services. In case you missed any of the blogs, videos or webinars in this series, here is a full list:
  ●   An introduction to “beginning with the end in mind” in contraceptive R&D
  ●   Reimagining how social-behavioral research can be integrated into contraceptive R&D
  ●   Contraceptive-induced menstrual changes (CIMCs)
  ●   Four things to know about decolonization for contraceptive R&D
  ●   Self-care and contraceptive technology
  ●   Health care supply chain start-ups and the distribution ecosystem
  ●   A conversation with contraceptive R&D leaders
  ●   Integrating social norms research into contraceptive R&D
  ●   Advancing self-care with multipurpose prevention technologies (MPTs)
There is so much more to talk about as we aim to incorporate acceptability, accessibility, affordability, and equity in the contraceptive R&D process. Stay tuned as our series continues in 2022.

Resources on Contraceptive-Induced Menstrual Changes

Over the past year the amount of attention paid to the topic of contraceptive-induced menstrual changes (CIMCs) has increased significantly, and with this increase in attention and conversations has come new resources. In November 2020, a technical consultation on CIMCs was held and all meeting materials are available here. Following that consultation, a CIMC Task Force was formed and worked to develop and disseminate the CIMC Global Research and Learning Agenda. The CTI Exchange has also recently featured this topic with a video conversation about the acceptability of CIMCs and a blog about contraceptives and menstrual disorders. All of these resources and more are available as an FP Insights collection titled "Family Planning & Menstrual Health Integration."

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 Research and Development: A Call for Inclusion of Trans and Gender Diverse (TGD) Individuals Assigned Female at Birth (AFAB): This commentary in the The European Journal of Contraception & Reproductive Health Care from L. Simms and M. Appenroth, calls for including TGD AFAB individuals and their perspectives in contraceptive R&D.

●  A Beginner's Guide to Contraceptive-Induced Menstrual Changes, A Period Posse Presents Webinar: On December 8, speakers from FHI 360, The Pad Project, and the University of Ibadan provided an overview of the research and work underway around the topic of contraceptive-induced mensural changes (CIMC). A recording of this session will be available here soon.

 ●  2021 Family Planning Market Report: The Reproductive Health Supplies Coalition and the Clinton Health Access Initiative recently released a family planning market report examining market and product trends between 2016-2020. Read more of their findings here.

●  Landscape Assessment on Multipurpose Prevention Technologies: This new report from the Initiative for MPTS, Unitaid, and CIFF explores the potential of MPTs to revolutionize sexual and reproductive health for priority populations.

 ●  Development of a Dual Prevention Pill: Medicines360 and the Population Council have entered a Memorandum of Understanding to develop a dual prevention pill (DPP) product to prevent both pregnancy and HIV in a single tablet. Read more about this work here.

 ●  Unfinished Business for Access to Contraception and HIV Prevention: On December 1, we commemorated World AIDS Day and would like to remind readers of this important blog from authors at FHI 360 that highlights important findings from the ECHO study and calls for more action in light of the current triple threat of COVID-19, HIV, & unintended pregnancy.

 ●  Family Planning for All: A Universal Health Coverage Day Chat: December 12 was Universal Health Coverage Day (UHC) and the International Conference on Family Planning (ICFP) released a new episode of "The Pulse of Family Planning with Dr. T" with a conversation about the importance of UHC to family planning access globally. 

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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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