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Advancements in Male Contraception

New Content Item ©  © Flickr: Zappy’s Technology Solutions. Attribution 4.0 International (CC BY 4.0)​​​​​​​Male hormonal contraception has been an active area of research for almost 50 years. However, at present, there is still a gap in contraceptive options for couples, and more particularly, effective reversible contraceptives for men. Male hormonal methods still need to be optimized, and efforts to do so are currently under way. 

While female contraceptives are very effective at preventing unintended pregnancy, they are not free from many undesirable and potentially dangerous side effects, and effective male contraceptive options are limited to condoms and withdrawal. A vasectomy provides a long-term solution but its uncertainty in reversibility is a major disincentive to contraceptive use for many men who wish to take active responsibility for family planning. This article collection further explores the most recent research documenting the advancements in male contraception.

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  1. Research article

    Reversibility of Vasalgel™ male contraceptive in a rabbit model

    Development of a non-hormonal long-acting reversible contraceptive for men could have a significant impact on reducing unintended pregnancies. Vasalgel™ is a high molecular weight polymer consisting of styrene...

    Donald Waller, David Bolick, Elaine Lissner, Christopher Premanandan and Gary Gamerman

    Basic and Clinical Andrology 2017 27:8

    Published on: 5 April 2017

  2. Research article

    The contraceptive efficacy of intravas injection of Vasalgel™ for adult male rhesus monkeys

    Options for male contraception are limited. The purpose of this study was to use a nonhuman primate model to evaluate Vasalgel™, a high molecular weight polymer being developed as a contraceptive device for men.

    Angela Colagross-Schouten, Marie-Josee Lemoy, Rebekah I. Keesler, Elaine Lissner and Catherine A. VandeVoort

    Basic and Clinical Andrology 2017 27:4

    Published on: 7 February 2017

  3. Research article

    Azoospermia in rabbits following an intravas injection of Vasalgel ™

    Vasectomy is currently the only long-acting contraceptive option available for men, despite increasing demand and potentially significant positive impacts on human health of additional male contraceptive optio...

    Donald Waller, David Bolick, Elaine Lissner, Christopher Premanandan and Gary Gamerman

    Basic and Clinical Andrology 2016 26:6

    Published on: 30 March 2016

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