What advances have been made in the development of new contraceptives for men?

Updated: Dec 10, 2018
  • Author: Frances E Casey, MD, MPH; Chief Editor: Richard Scott Lucidi, MD, FACOG  more...
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Although contraceptive development in the United States has slowed in the past few years, research outside of the United States continues at a rapid pace. In 2003, the Institute of Medicine published New Frontiers in Contraceptive Research: A Blueprint for Action, which identified priority areas for the development of new contraceptives. [35] The report highlighted new technologies and approaches to biomedical research, including genomics and proteomics, that hold particular promise for developing new products and also identified impediments to drug development that must be addressed.

Reflecting this report, many new contraceptive designs are under investigation to provide more contraceptive options that have fewer adverse effects, are safer, and are more efficacious. As a final note to this article, a few of the newer methods and forms of contraception soon to be on the market are discussed below.

One of the more exciting new developments is a hormonal contraceptive method for men. The male birth control pill manipulates steroid hormones to decrease spermatogenesis and testosterone secretion.


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