Men shoulder birth-control responsibility in study

September 9, 2022

Men shoulder birth-control responsibility in study

A study that tests a hormonal gel contraceptive for men has enrolled more than 420 couples across the United States, Europe, Africa and South America — and is seeking additional couples to participate.

“We know that these methods can be effective for 95% of men, if they're used as directed,” said Dr. Stephanie Page, a professor of medicine at the University of Washington School of Medicine and the lead investigator at the Seattle trial site.

“One of the really important points about this contraceptive gel, in contrast to some other methods that are available for men, is that we know it's 100% reversible,” Page said. “When men stop using the gel, in six to 12 weeks, their sperm count comes back and they restore their fertility.”

Learn more about participating in the study.

Men in the study apply the gel by hand to both shoulders every day. The clear gel, which looks and feels like hand sanitizer, contains testosterone and progestin — a combination of hormones that suppresses sperm concentrations. Significant side effects have been rare among study participants, Page said.

The study is estimated to run through December 2024, with initial results expected earlier that year.

Download a broadcast-ready story and soundbites featuring Alex Springer and Mel Hopkins, a couple who are participating in the study.

Credit: 
UW Medicine
Category: 
YouTube

Terms of appropriate usage of file downloads

  • News reporters and news organizations may freely republish and distribute videos, still images and audio files produced by UW Medicine and the University of Washington Health Sciences schools (Dentistry, Medicine, Nursing, Pharmacy, Public Health, Social Work).
  • Works must be attributed/credited appropriately (for example, “UW Medicine” or “University of Washington School of Pharmacy” – as denoted in the file) and must not be used for commercial purposes.
  • These visual and audio files may not be used to exploit or misrepresent UW Medicine or the University of Washington.
  • UW Medicine often licenses still images from Thinkstock but cannot grant republishing rights. You may not republish single image files credited to Thinkstock.
  • Logos of UW Medicine and University of Washington Health Sciences schools may not be republished without explicit permission. Contact us by phone or email: 206.543.3620 or mediarelations@uw.edu