Men's Birth Control Methods

What are Male Birth Control Methods?

  • At this point, the only FDA-approved and effective male contraceptive methods are the male condom and the permanent surgical method which is called a vasectomy (tying the man's tube, called the "vas deferens").
  • Other male contraceptive methods are being researched. Some are hormonal methods; some are surgical methods.
  • The goal of hormonal methods is to decrease the production or maturation of the sperm and ultimately decrease the number of sperm to a low to non-existent level so that the man cannot get a woman pregnant.
  • The surgical methods being explored involve inserting a device to block the sperm in the man's tube (vas deferens).
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