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A hormonal male contraceptive: from wish to reality

David J Handelsman
Med J Aust 2002; 176 (5): 204-205.
Published online: 4 March 2002

In a rejoinder to Benjamin Franklin's observation that nothing is certain in life bar death and taxes, people's fondest wishes seem to be to live forever and pay no tax. The timely and provocative study of Weston et al in this issue of the Journal (page 208),1 reporting high acceptability of a hormonal male contraceptive among new fathers, prompts a reflection on wishful thinking, as such a new contraceptive remains unavailable. In some respects, contraception is closer to a consumer lifestyle choice than a conventional medical treatment, as illustrated by the impact of media-inspired contraceptive "scares" that have led to panic-driven abandonment of contraception and subsequent unwanted pregnancies.2

  • David J Handelsman

  • ANZAC Research Institute, Concord Hospital, Concord, NSW.

Correspondence: djh@anzac.edu.au

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