Acceptability of contraception for men: a review

Contraception. 2010 Nov;82(5):453-6. doi: 10.1016/j.contraception.2010.03.016. Epub 2010 May 4.


Methods of contraception for use by men include condoms, withdrawal and vasectomy. Prevalence of use of a method and continuation rates are indirect measures of acceptability. Worldwide, none of these "male methods" accounts for more than 7% of contraceptive use although uptake varies considerably between countries. Acceptability can be assessed directly by asking about intended (hypothetical) use and assessing satisfaction during/after use. Since they have been around for a very long time, there are very few data of this nature on condoms (as contraceptives rather than for prevention of infection), withdrawal or vasectomy. There are direct data on the acceptability of hormonal methods for men but from relatively small clinical trials which undoubtedly do not represent the real world. Surveys undertaken among the male general public demonstrate that, whatever the setting, at least 25% of men - and in most countries substantially more - would consider using hormonal contraception. Although probably an overestimate of the number of potential users when such a method becomes available, it would appear that hormonal contraceptives for men may have an important place on the contraceptive menu. Despite commonly expressed views to the contrary, most women would trust their male partner to use a hormonal method.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Contraception / methods*
  • Contraception / psychology*
  • Contraception Behavior / psychology
  • Contraception Behavior / statistics & numerical data
  • Contraceptive Agents, Male / therapeutic use*
  • Contraceptive Devices, Male*
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Natural Family Planning Methods / psychology
  • Patient Acceptance of Health Care / psychology*
  • Vasectomy / psychology


  • Contraceptive Agents, Male