NICHD research efforts on vasectomy fall within the Institute’s broad and long-standing goal of developing safe, effective, easy-to-use, and long-lasting contraceptive methods in order to prevent and reduce unintended pregnancies.
To this end, the NICHD continues to refine, improve, and evaluate vasectomy and other established contraceptive methods. Notably, increasing efforts to develop acceptable male contraceptives beyond the vasectomy and condom is among the NICHD’s scientific goals for reproductive health (PDF - 2 MB).
Presently, NICHD research activity on male contraception is largely focused on developing new contraceptive methods that employ hormonal and nonhormonal agents as well as on supporting research and development that may lead to new methods for reversibly inhibiting sperm production or function.
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