John Amory

How a male contraceptive pill could work

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About John Amory

Male reproductive health expert John Amory is leading research into novel options for male contraception, male infertility and hypergonadism. In particular, he is currently examining the potential of using inhibitors of testicular retinoic acid biosynthesis as reversible male contraceptives. John has published more than 130 peer-reviewed papers in the field of male reproduction and serves on the Advisory Board of the Male Contraception Initiative. He is currently Professor of Medicine and Section Head of General Internal Medicine at the University of Washington, where he works as an attending physician on the inpatient medicine wards and in the outpatient General Internal Medicine and Men's Health Clinics.

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Of the 6 million pregnancies in the U.S. each year, 3 million are unintended. And while we have over a dozen methods of contraceptives for women—from pills and patches to IUDs and rings—men have had the same two options for over a hundred years: condoms and vasectomy. Preventing unplanned pregnancy has largely been seen as a “women’s issue", but andrologist John Amory is determined to change that.

John has dedicated his career to developing a male contraceptive that would not only help to reduce the stubbornly high rates of unintended pregnancy and abortion, but would also allow men to play an equal role in family planning. Watch John's 2017 TEDMED Talk to learn why he believes the world needs a male "pill".

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