Male Hormonal Contraception

Handb Exp Pharmacol. 2010;(198):197-223. doi: 10.1007/978-3-642-02062-9_11.


The principle of hormonal male contraception based on suppression of gonadotropins and spermatogenesis has been established over the last three decades. All hormonal male contraceptives use testosterone, but only in East Asian men can testosterone alone suppress spermatogenesis to a level compatible with contraceptive protection. In Caucasians, additional agents are required of which progestins are favored. Current clinical trials concentrate on testosterone combined with norethisterone, desogestrel, etonogestrel, DMPA, or nestorone. The first randomized, placebo-controlled clinical trial performed by the pharmaceutical industry demonstrated the effectiveness of a combination of testosterone undecanoate and etonogestrel in suppressing spermatogenesis in volunteers.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Androgens / pharmacology
  • Animals
  • Contraception*
  • Contraceptive Agents, Male / pharmacology*
  • Contraceptives, Oral, Hormonal / pharmacology*
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Progestins / pharmacology
  • Receptors, LHRH / antagonists & inhibitors


  • Androgens
  • Contraceptive Agents, Male
  • Contraceptives, Oral, Hormonal
  • Progestins
  • Receptors, LHRH