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Birth Control Overview (cont.)

Future Methods

Although development of new birth control methods in the United States has slowed in the past few years, research outside of the United States continues at a rapid pace. Many new birth control designs are being tested to provide a greater variety of methods with fewer side effects and that are safer and are more effective.

  • Pill for men: One exciting new development is a hormonal contraceptive method for men. The male birth control pill manipulates steroid hormones to decrease sperm development.
  • Injection for men: A reversible male birth control method, injections of progestin every 3 months suppressed sperm production in an Australian study. Because this hormone reduces a man's sex drive, implants were placed under the men's skin every 4 months.
  • Vaccine: A pregnancy vaccine is one of the most controversial and exciting forms of birth control under development. The pregnancy vaccine stimulates an immune response against sperm so that fertilization does not occur.
Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 7/18/2014
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