Risks and Benefits of Immunological Contraception

  • R. John Aitken
  • Margaret Paterson
  • P. Thillai Koothan
Part of the Schering Foundation Workshop book series (SCHERING FOUND, volume 4)


We now stand at the beginning of a decade when we expect the global population to rise by around 500 million. This increase will mean that the world will have to house, clothe and feed an additional population the size of China’s. Moreover, because the rates of population growth in the developing countries of Africa, South America and Asia are so much higher than in the rest of the world, the distribution of this dramatic population growth will be uneven. The result of this inbalance will be that by the year 2000 approximately 80% of the world’s population will be living in developing countries. When this pattern of population growth is translated into terms of environmental destruction, famine and disease, it is clear that whatever methods of contraception are developed for the future, they must take into account the needs of developing countries.


Zona Pellucida Acrosome Reaction Primordial Follicle Contraceptive Vaccine Sperm Surface 
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  • R. John Aitken
  • Margaret Paterson
  • P. Thillai Koothan

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