Would women trust their partners to use a male pill?

Hum Reprod. 2000 Mar;15(3):646-9. doi: 10.1093/humrep/15.3.646.


Despite a renewed interest in the development of hormonal contraceptives for men, many discussions about the potential acceptability of a 'male pill' end by speculating whether women would trust their partners to use the method reliably. To determine the views of women, we undertook a survey of 1894 women attending family planning clinics in Scotland (450), China (900) and South Africa (544). In all centres over 65% of women thought that the responsibility for contraception falls too much on women. More than 90% in South Africa and Scotland thought that a 'male pill' was a good idea, with Chinese women (71% in Hong Kong and 87% in Shanghai) only slightly less positive. Only 13% of the total sample did not think that hormonal male contraception was a good idea and only 36 women (2% of the total) said that they would not trust their partner to use it. 78% of Scottish women, 71% of Shanghai women, and 78% of white women and 40% of black and coloured women in Cape Town thought that they would use the method. This survey should dispel the myth that women would not trust their partners to use a 'male pill' reliably and illustrates the potential market for the method.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Adolescent
  • Adult
  • Attitude to Health*
  • China
  • Contraception / psychology*
  • Contraceptive Agents, Male*
  • Cross-Cultural Comparison
  • England
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Interviews as Topic
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • South Africa
  • Surveys and Questionnaires
  • Women / psychology*


  • Contraceptive Agents, Male