Male contraception: Past, present and future

Christopher Payne, Erwin Goldberg*

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Abstract

Current contraceptive options available to men include withdrawal, condoms, and vasectomy, each of which has its own drawbacks. In this chapter we will describe the pros and cons for each, as well as methodological and product updates. Statistics from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control on acceptance and satisfaction will be included. Advances in vasectomy and reversal will be presented. Methods to develop new contraceptive technologies fall into two categories: hormonal and non-hormonal. Many targets and strategies have been proposed for non-hormonal male contraception within the testis. Targets include structural components in the testis, as well as enzymes, ion channels and other proteins specific to spermatozoa. Here we provide an overview of the spermatogenic mechanisms and proteins that have received research interest to date. We also discuss potential novel targets, such as ubiquitin specific proteases, that warrant greater research emphasis.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)175-181
Number of pages7
JournalCurrent Molecular Pharmacology
Volume7
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - 2014

Keywords

  • Hormonal
  • Male contraception
  • Sperm
  • Targets
  • Testis

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Molecular Medicine
  • Pharmacology
  • Drug Discovery

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