• June 27, 2024
  • Dr Luke Wee

Last updated on June 27, 2024

Male contraceptives are crucial for family planning, allowing men to take control of their reproductive health and prevent pregnancy. There are several options that range from temporary solutions to permanent methods. Read on to find out all about the different forms of male contraceptive available in NZ.

Non-Permanent Male Contraceptive Options in NZ


Condoms are a common and accessible form of male contraception, acting as a barrier to prevent sperm from reaching the egg. They are about 98% effective with perfect use but around 85% effective with typical use. Condoms are inexpensive, easy to use, and protect against STIs. However, they can sometimes break or cause latex allergies.


Spermicides are chemical agents that deactivate sperm. They come in gels, creams, and suppositories. Used alone, they are 70-80% effective, but combining them with other methods increases effectiveness. Some users may experience irritation or allergic reactions.

Non-Permanent Male Contraceptive Options in NZ

Male birth control NZ: Condoms are a widely available and effective method for preventing pregnancy and STIs.

Emerging Male Contraceptive in NZ

Hormonal Methods

Male contraceptive pills and injections use hormones to suppress sperm production. These methods, including the male contraceptive pill, are still undergoing clinical trials and are not widely available in New Zealand.

Non-Hormonal Methods

Non-hormonal methods, such as gels and heat-based techniques, aim to reduce sperm motility or disable sperm production temporarily. These are also in various stages of research and development.

Emerging Male Contraceptive in NZ

Male birth control NZ: Researchers are working on developing a male pill, offering new possibilities for future contraceptive options.

Vasectomy as a Permanent Solution

What is a Vasectomy?

A vasectomy is a minor surgical procedure that cuts or seals the vas deferens, preventing sperm from being included in the ejaculate. It is over 99% effective and is considered the only permanent form of male contraceptive in NZ.

Benefits of Vasectomy

Vasectomies offer a lifelong solution without the need for daily management, unlike temporary methods. They do not affect hormone levels, sexual performance, or desire, making them a practical choice for many men.

Considerations Before Choosing Vasectomy

Choosing a vasectomy is a significant decision. Discussing with a healthcare professional ensures it aligns with your long-term family planning goals. The Cooper Clinic offers comprehensive consultations to help men make informed decisions.

Vasectomy as a Permanent Solution

Male birth control NZ: Vasectomy is currently the only form of permanent birth control for men, providing a reliable long-term solution.


There are various male contraceptive options in New Zealand, from condoms and spermicides to emerging hormonal and non-hormonal methods. For those seeking a permanent solution, vasectomy is the most effective. The Cooper Clinic provides expert vasectomy services, ensuring the highest quality care and support.

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Frequently Asked Questions

What birth control options are available for men?

Currently, the most common male birth control methods include condoms and vasectomy. Research is ongoing for a male pill and other hormonal contraceptives.

How effective is the withdrawal method at preventing pregnancy?

The withdrawal method can be effective but is less reliable than other forms of contraception. It’s important to use it correctly every time to reduce the risk of pregnancy.

Are there any male hormonal contraceptives available?

As of now, there are no hormonal contraceptives like the male pill available on the market, but research is ongoing to develop effective male birth control options.

What are the side effects of the contraceptive pill for women?

Common side effects of the oral contraceptive pill include weight gain, nausea, headaches, and mood changes. It’s important to discuss these with your healthcare provider.

What is emergency contraception?

Emergency contraception, such as the emergency contraceptive pill, is used to prevent pregnancy after unprotected sex or contraceptive failure. It’s most effective when taken as soon as possible.

Can weight gain be a side effect of hormonal contraceptives?

Yes, weight gain can be a side effect of hormonal contraceptives like the birth control pill. However, this varies from person to person.

What services are included in sexual and reproductive services?

Sexual and reproductive services encompass contraception counselling, provision of birth control methods, STI testing and treatment, and pregnancy-related care.

What is the difference between the birth control pill and the emergency contraceptive pill?

The birth control pill is taken daily to prevent pregnancy, while the emergency contraceptive pill is taken after unprotected sex to reduce the risk of pregnancy.

How effective are oral contraceptive pills in preventing pregnancy?

When taken correctly, oral contraceptive pills are over 99% effective at preventing pregnancy. However, missed pills can reduce their effectiveness.

Dr Luke Wee

About The Author

Dr Luke Wee

Meet Luke, our very own vasman. NZ men benefit from his hands-on experience in performing nearly 3,000 vasectomies! Luke has a special interest in men’s health and vasectomy procedures. He’s a Fellow of the Royal New Zealand College of General Practitioners, a member of the Association of Surgeons in Primary Care and an international vasectomy peer group. Luke keeps his thumb on the pulse and consistently updates his skills and knowledge by attending national and international conferences.

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