Demand for male contraception

Expert Rev Pharmacoecon Outcomes Res. 2012 Oct;12(5):605-13. doi: 10.1586/erp.12.52.


The biological basis for male contraception was established decades ago, but despite promising breakthroughs and the financial burden men increasingly bear due to better enforcement of child support policies, no viable alternative to the condom has been brought to market. Men who wish to control their fertility must rely on female compliance with contraceptives, barrier methods, vasectomy or abstinence. Over the last 10 years, the pharmaceutical industry has abandoned most of its investment in the field, leaving only nonprofit organisations and public entities pursuing male contraception. Leading explanations are uncertain forecasts of market demand pitted against the need for critical investments to demonstrate the safety of existing candidate products. This paper explores the developments and challenges in male contraception research. We produce preliminary estimates of potential market size for a safe and effective male contraceptive based on available data to estimate the potential market for a novel male method.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Contraception / adverse effects
  • Contraception / methods*
  • Contraceptive Agents, Male / administration & dosage*
  • Contraceptive Agents, Male / adverse effects
  • Contraceptive Devices, Male* / adverse effects
  • Drug Industry / trends
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Research / trends
  • Vasectomy / methods


  • Contraceptive Agents, Male