An innovative contraceptive that is designed to delight you.
1960 was a defining moment in history. The introduction of oral hormonal birth control gave women easy control over their reproductive decisions and ushered in historical achievements in gender equality. However, as we start documenting the side-effects that hormonal birth control methods cause, it is clear that we can do better.
WHAT DRIVES US
The pursuit of revolutionary solutions
Our goal is to uphold the radical ideals that fueled the initial birth control movement. No longer should we accept the side effects that have become normalized by hormonal birth control. Nor the inconvenience of existing alternatives.
OUI is embracing innovation to expand freedom for women. In this pursuit, we should not settle for anything less than revolutionary.
KTH Royal Institute of Technology in Stockholm
BioInnovation Institute in Copenhagen
Reproductive Health Investors Alliance in San Francisco
Zero Compromise Contraception
OUI is a vaginal capsule that after insertion rapidly dissolves and releases the formulation. It is targeted to provide effective birth control a minute after insertion and for up to 1 day without the use of any hormones.
How does OUI work?
OUI makes cervical mucus temporarily impenetrable to sperm. The barrier is established by a molecule that strongly interacts with cervical mucus and thereby reinforce the mucus to make it impenetrable for sperm cells. Sperm cells are trapped in the cervical mucus and maintained in the vaginal cavity where the low pH environment of the vagina deactivates them.
Why mucus engineering?
What makes the mucus engineering approach to birth control appealing is that the mucus is modified via topical treatment. This means that the formulation only interacts with the mucus layer on top of the mucosa and is not acting like a drug, which is ideal when the goal is to minimize side-effects.
OUI only modifies the superficial mucus layer and no hormones are added to the formula.
OUI works on-demand and creates a long-lasting barrier, providing freedom to use birth control as it fits your life.
Designed to delight
OUI is designed by and for women to be elegant, easy, and convenient to use.