2018 AMI Online Salon

Male Contraceptives: Sperm Invaders

Project Details

  • Artist(s):  Karen Bucher; Chicago, Illinois
  • Client: Journal of the American Medical Association
  • Copyright: © 2017 American Medical Association
  • Medium / software used: Adobe Photoshop CC, Adobe Illustrator CC
  • Final presentation format: Print, web
  • Primary audience: Clinicians, medical and healthcare professionals

Project Description

This illustration accompanies a JAMA Medical News & Perspectives article discussing the progress and hurdles in medical research aiming to develop male contraceptive pills. Taking inspiration from vintage video games, the intention is to represent spermatozoa as the primary target for the contraceptives. The goal for effective male contraception is to reduce a man’s sperm count to ≤ 1 million/mL of seminal fluid.