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Problem

Unplanned pregnancies disproportionately affect BIPOC communities. Specifically, Black women face the highest incidence of unintended pregnancies as they are impacted by contraceptive deserts, and a reported 67% of them face discrimination when attempting to use family planning services. This disparity is compounded by the fact that Black women are 3-4 times more likely to die due to childbirth-related causes than white women. Some of these pregnancy and childbirth-related complications can be explained by how Black and American Indian/Alaska Native mothers are at higher risk of cardiomyopathy, gestational hypertension, and pre-eclampsia, all of which can lead to severe maternal health concerns which include morbidities or disabilities.

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Solutions

1. Contraceptive Access

19 million women don’t have access to all birth control methods, and 67% of Black womxn face discrimination when obtaining family planning services.

Existing Solutions

What needs to be done?

Contraceptive drug development and discovery: Past research into hormonal treatments (e.g., testosterone) have encountered complications with the far-ranging side effects of steroid use. Small molecule drugs for male birth control have been difficult to identify.

Access to quality and discreet contraceptive / sexual health care: Providing online care, community, and education can help womxn more comfortably learn about their bodies and seek preventative care or treatment without shame or stigma.