Chemical methods for male fertility control: expert consultation of the European Medical Research Council Advisory Subgroup on Human Reproduction.
The Advisory Subgroup on Human Reproduction of the European Medical Research Council was founded in 1978 in order to coordinate research efforts and facilitate the exchange of information in the field. A conference held by the Subgroup on chemical methods for male fertility control in 1980 is summarized. The conference reviewed current activity in the field of male chemical fertility control, made recommendations for future research topics, and made further recommendations regarding the allocation of research funds in Europe. The following topics were covered: 1) current research being sponsored by WHO; 2) the Chinese program of research on gossypol, a male steroid pill; 3) the need for more basic research into male reproduction; 4) the advantages and disadvantages of male fertility control thorugh steroids; 5) the possibility of an immunological approach to male fertility control; and 6) the possibility that research into male infertility will provide information useful in male fertility control as well.