Fertility Control

  • Ursula-F. Habenicht
  • R. John Aitken

Part of the Handbook of Experimental Pharmacology book series (HEP, volume 198)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xiii
  2. Female Reproduction

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. JoAnne S. Richards, Stephanie A. Pangas
      Pages 3-27
    3. J. K. Findlay, S. H. Liew, E. R. Simpson, K. S. Korach
      Pages 29-35
    4. Orla M. Conneely
      Pages 37-44
    5. Eileen A. McLaughlin, Alexander P. Sobinoff
      Pages 45-66
    6. T. Garrido-Gómez, F. Dominguez, C. Simón
      Pages 67-78
  3. Male Reproduction

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 97-97
    2. R. John Aitken, Mark A. Baker, Geoffry N. De Iuliis, Brett Nixon
      Pages 99-115
    3. B. T. Hinton, T. G. Cooper
      Pages 117-137
    4. Matthew D. Dun, Lisa A. Mitchell, R. John Aitken, Brett Nixon
      Pages 139-178
  4. New options: From target to product

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 195-195
    2. E. Nieschlag
      Pages 197-223
    3. Michael J. K. Harper
      Pages 225-258
  5. Back Matter
    Pages 259-263

About this book


The world’s population is growing at an unsustainable rate. From a baseline ?gure of one billion in 1800, global population is predicted to exceed nine billion by 2050 and 87. 8% of this growth will be localized in less developed countries. Such uneven population growth will yield a harvest of poverty, malnutrition, disease and en- ronmental degradation that will affect us all. Amongst the complex mixture of political, social, cultural and technological changes needed to address this issue, the development of improved methods of fertility regulation will be critical. The inadequacy of current contraceptive technologies is indicated by recent data s- gesting that the contraceptive needs of over 120 million couples go unmet every year. As a direct consequence of this de?cit 38% of pregnancies are unplanned and more than 50% end in an abortion, generating a total of 46 million abortions per annum particularly among teenagers. If safe, effective contraceptives were ava- able to every couple experiencing an unmet family planning need, 1. 5 million lives would be saved each year (UNFPA 2003). Progress in contraceptive technology should not only generate more effective methods of regulating fertility, but should also provide a range of methods to meet the changing needs of the world’s population. Contraceptive practice was revo- tionized in 1960 in the US and 1961 in Europe by the introduction of the oral contraceptive pill by Gregory Pincus, MC Chang and colleagues, based on fun- mental hormone research conducted in Germany.


Embryo contraception endocrinology female reproduction fertility male reproduction physiology

Editors and affiliations

  • Ursula-F. Habenicht
    • 1
  • R. John Aitken
    • 2
  1. 1., Women's Health Care ResearchBayer Schering Pharma AGBerlinGermany
  2. 2.ARC Centre of Excellence in, Biotechnology & DevelopmentUniversity of NewcastleCallaghanAustralia

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