MCIP also recommends MaleContraceptives.org, a user-friendly overview of hormonal and nonhormonal male contraceptive research, for background information through 2006 (it is no longer being updated regularly).
Organizations Active in Male Contraception
The first foundation to fund ultrasound research to test Dr. Fahim’s work on ultrasound, and the foundation working to bring the RISUG technology to men outside India (it will be called VasalgelTM) by starting the research process in the U.S.
Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation
The big guys are joining in! The Gates Foundation is bringing its might and leadership to contraceptive research with its Grand Challenges in Global Health and its family planning focus area. Contraceptive research is one of the four pillars of Gates Foundation’s reproductive health strategy.
U.S. National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD)
The NIH’s Contraception and Reproductive Health Branch funds innovative contraceptive research.
Some other organizations studying new male contraceptives or the sociological aspects of contraceptive use:
US Agency for International Development (USAID)
The Population Council
Family Health International
The World Health Organization
Resources and data
Birth Control Methods
Information about current birth control methods, aimed at the public. From the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office on Women’s Health.
Additional descriptions of current birth control methods, from the authors of “Contraceptive Technology.” Also includes a Q & A page.
Association of Reproductive Health Professionals’ Contraception Resource Center
ARHP is a nonprofit organization comprised of reproductive health experts. This online resource center on contraception educates “health care providers and the general public about contraception and the many methods available today. It includes comprehensive lists of contraceptive methods as well as links to brochures, journals, online interactive tools, and other materials.”
The National Library of Medicine portal to scientific publications.
The Guttmacher Institute is a nonprofit organization focused on sexual and reproductive health research, policy analysis and public education. It publishes Perspectives on Sexual and Reproductive Health, International Family Planning Perspectives, The Guttmacher Report on Public Policy, and special reports on topics pertaining to sexual and reproductive health and rights.
Engender Health: Working with men
Case studies and workshops on involving men in reproductive health.
Population Reports publications
In-depth coverage of global reproductive health issues.
Population Reference Bureau DataFinder
Statistics about population, reproductive health, and more.
Male Contraception Using Testicular Heating: Suspensory method
One man’s careful documentation of his experience with artificial cryptorchidism, complete with photo and sperm count charts. An example of a man carefully doing all the background research to fully inform himself of knowns and unknowns before starting a heat method. It also serves as a warning: after more than 10 years of using the heat method, his fertility never fully came back when he stopped.
Male Contraception Using Testicular Heating: Hot bath method
One adventurous man’s informal, humorous blog chronicles his DIY experience with contraception by testicular baths and then tracking his sperm motility with a microscope, using himself as a guinea pig to test the effects of different regimens.
Vas Methods and the Male Reproductive System: Graphics and More
Male Contraception: Interruption of Reproduction
Course material about male contraception, with lots of graphics, from Brown University. An easy-to-understand overview and primer. Mentions vas methods, heat, and oral methods.
Engender Health: Men’s Health
Extensive information on no-scalpel vasectomy.
Most-asked questions from alt.support.vasectomy.
No-scalpel Vasectomy videos
Several videos of vasectomy being done, starting with a video of Dr. Ronald Weiss, an NSV expert in Canada, performing a no-scalpel, no-needle vasectomy. (From a commercial site, a company that sells NSV tools to doctors.)
Additional Lists of Links
CONRAD program links page
A variety of links about contraception and population.
ReproLine program links page
Links to family planning organizations.
We are updating!
We are in the process of transitioning our website in July/August 2012. Many reference links will be broken. Please check back at the end of the summer for expanded, updated content. In the meantime, the archived version of our site is still available in case you need a particular link or reference.