Attitudes towards the male contraceptive pill: psychosocial and cultural explanations for delaying a marketable product

Anna Van Wersch, Judith Eberhardt, F. Stringer

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Abstract

Even though years of research on the male contraceptive pill have been conducted, a marketable product is still absent from the arsenal of male and female products of contraception. In this paper, the following psychosocial and cultural factors have been elicited from the literature in order to reveal explanations for this delay: acceptability, trust, fear of side-effects, perceptions of contraceptive responsibility and fear of losing connotations of masculinity. Regardless of cultural variation, overall there seems to be a positive attitude towards the acceptability of male contraceptive for both males and females, especially males in stable relationships. Some indication shows that the media have played an important role in distorting the results of research regarding male and female trust. Ongoing and future researches into several projects on psychosocial and cultural factors are described.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)171-179
Number of pages9
JournalBasic and Clinical Andrology
Volume22
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 13 Jul 2012

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