PATH’s reproductive health teams are hard at work spreading the love in an effort to make sure that women and couples can access and use their preferred contraceptive method.
And to illustrate, we’re highlighting a few of the family planning innovations PATH has had a hand in designing, developing, testing, or delivering to women and their partners around the world—as well as sharing responses from some of the people these innovations are designed to reach.
The Woman’s Condom
Developed by PATH and research partners with input from women and their partners, this innovative method was designed to protect from unintended pregnancy and sexually transmitted infections (STIs), including HIV.
The Sayana® Press
Sayana Press is a lower-dose formulation of the three-month contraceptive Depo-Provera® in the Uniject™ injection system. PATH has played a role in the Sayana Press journey, from developing its Uniject delivery mechanism to conducting upcoming research on self-injection.
The SILCS Diaphragm
The SILCS diaphragm, marketed as Caya® is a reusable, nonhormonal, one-size fits-most contraceptive device that women helped to design.
Pericoital or on-demand oral contraceptive
This is a new type of contraceptive pill, in early stages of development, that a woman could take before or after sex to prevent pregnancy—on demand, rather than daily.
A brighter future for everyone
When women can plan their families, independently or with their partners, they live healthier lives. And healthier mothers mean healthier children and improved child survival. Families may also have more resources to better care for and educate those children, and communities benefit when women can participate in broader economic and community activities.
We strive to make the world a better place for women, and their families, every day of the year. To learn more about the impact our innovations have had around the global, visit our reproductive health and family planning programs.
- Our work in reproductive health.
- Our projects: reproductive health technologies.
- World Health Organization list of current family planning choices.
Sayana Press and Depo-Provera are registered trademarks of Pfizer Inc. and/or its affiliates. Uniject is a trademark of BD.
Caya® contoured diaphragm is a registered trademark of Kessel medintim GmbH.
- Tracy Romoser was formerly a communications officer and the blog editor at PATH.