Immunization Against FSH as a Method of Male Contraception

  • Jeffrey Spieler
Part of the Reproductive Biology book series (RBIO)


In May 1985 I had the opportunity of participating in an International Workshop on Male Contraception in Geneva, Switzerland sponsored by the Program for Applied Research on Fertility Regulation (PARFR), Northwestern University. PARFR invited Professor Eberhard Nieschlag of the Max Planck Clinical Research Unit for Reproductive Medicine, Munster, Federal Republic of Germany, to present a paper on immunization against FSH as a male method of fertility regulation. Professor Nieschlag informed PARFR that the results of his work in this area were discouraging and that his group had abandoned the approach. Not dissuaded by negative results, PARFR reinvited Professor Nieschlag to present a paper on the reasons for abandoning immunization against FSH as an approach to male fertility regulation.(1) Because Professor Nieschlag was unable to attend the Fogerty Symposium I would like to summarize some of his findings for you.


Cynomolgus Monkey Sperm Count Testicular Volume Fertility Regulation Testosterone Enanthate 
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© Plenum Press, New York 1986

Authors and Affiliations

  • Jeffrey Spieler
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  1. 1.Research DivisionOffice of Population Agency for International DevelopmentUSA

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