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Feb 01, 2013

Male Contraceptives

In our February 1 Point of View article, David Sokal, M.D., says that some innovative nonhormonal approaches that would be highly effective with minimal side effects and, ideally, a more rapid onset of action than hormonal methods may be on the way. S. Kean recently reported in Science on researchers working to halt sperm production; M. O’Rand et al., are working to immobilize sperm; Amobi N et al., are modifying muscle contractility of the vas to prevent passage of sperm; and an Indonesian team may have found a naturally occurring compound that prevents a man’s sperm from penetrating the woman’s egg. Would you or your partner take any of these drugs?

How comfortable are you with the idea of taking a male contraceptive drug that directly affects sperm functionality?

Very comfortable
 
  43.8%
Somewhat comfortable
 
  17.1%
Not comfortable; I’ll stick with condoms, thanks
 
  28.8%
Birth control is for women!
 
  10.3%