Male contraception: History and development

Paul Kogan, Moshe Wald

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Although the twentieth century has seen great strides in the development of female contraception, not a single new agent has been introduced as an approved method for common use for male contraception. Condoms (considered uncomfortable by some) and vasectomy (a permanent invasive procedure) are the only options provided to men, leaving an undue burden on women to bear contraceptive responsibility. Significant developments have, however, been made with regard to hormonal and nonhormonal contraception, and minor, reversible, procedural contraception. This article reviews the currently available, soon to be available, and theoretically possible methods of male contraception.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)145-161
Number of pages17
JournalUrologic Clinics of North America
Issue number1
StatePublished - Feb 2014


  • Condoms
  • History
  • Male contraception
  • Testosterone
  • Vasectomy


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