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The acceptability of male hormonal contraception – questionnaire based preliminary study - contraception-esc.com

The acceptability of male hormonal contraception – questionnaire based preliminary study

 

The acceptability of male hormonal contraception –

questionnaire based preliminary study

Skrzypulec V, Nowosielski K, Drosdzol A

Woman’s Health Chair. The Medical University of Silesia in

Katowice, Poland

Contemporary studies are concentrated on dosage and safety of

female contraceptives. However, research on male hormonal contraception has been

recently undertaken due to increased male participation in family planning

activities. A large clinical trial on the safety and efficacy of testosterone

undecanoate is currently ongoing in China. Studies are also being carried out to

assess the acceptability of hormonal male contraceptive methods. Certain

possible side effects like: acne, weight gain, slow recovery of spermatogenesis

after stopping hormone intake or partially reversible reduction of testis volume

might appear unacceptable, what would disqualify this method from general use.

Objectives: The aim of the study was to evaluate the

acceptability of male hormonal contraception among female and male students of

The Medical University of Silesia.

Design and methods: 136 medical students, both males and

females, were eligible for the study. The research was based on a self-prepared

questionnaire “Male Hormonal Contraception”, consisting of questions

concerning: demographic data, sexual life, currently used contraceptives,

potential acceptability and willingness to apply male hormonal contraception.

Statistica 6,0 computer software with logistic regression model were used for

statistical analysis of collected data.

Results: 96,6% of students would try using male hormonal

contraception. Oral contraceptive pills were the most suitable admission form of

male hormonal contraception both for men and women. 4 out of 10 females and 3

out of 10 males would accept weight gain as a possible side effect of male

hormonal contraception. When considering partially reversible reduction of

testis volume, female students would be more likely to agree their partners to

use this method than males themselves.

Conclusions: The acceptability of male hormonal

contraception, in the aspect of side effects, is dependent on students’ gender.

The majority of students consider male hormonal contraception as an alternative

for female contraceptive methods. Side effects of male hormonal contraception

disqualify this method from general use. The study should be conducted among

wider group of respondents.

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