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Curcumin, a potential oral herbal male contraceptive: a review article

  • Hilwah Nora ,
  • Rajuddin ,
  • Hafizudin ,
  • Rachmad Suhanda ,
  • Ima Indirayani ,


Background: Worldwide, the population explosion and unintended pregnancies pose serious health issues. The family planning program is a vital element due to reducing population growth. Demographic data and family planning in Indonesia report that contraceptive use rates are 93.66% for women and 6.34% for men. Men's participation in family planning programs remains low, with options limited to vasectomy and condoms. Limited contraceptive options may explain the low participation rate. WHO recommends traditional medicine as a cost-effective substitute for manufactured medicines. The primary ingredient in turmeric, Curcumin, has antiviral, antibacterial, anti-inflammatory, and anticancer activities. In both animal and human clinical trials, it has demonstrated a lack of toxicity. Little research has been done on how it affects the male reproductive.

Objective: This article reviews the literature regarding the effects of Curcumin in Curcuma Longa on male fertility.

Conclusion: Curcumin in Curcuma Longa causes noticeable changes in the male reproductive system that reverse when treatment is discontinued. Therefore, Curcumin may potentially control male fertility as a male contraceptive.


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How to Cite

Nora, H., Rajuddin, Hafizudin, Suhanda, R. ., & Indirayani, I. (2022). Curcumin, a potential oral herbal male contraceptive: a review article. Bali Medical Journal, 12(1), 82–86.