Contraceptives: Opportunity Analysis and Forecasts to 2027

Hormonal contraceptives are primarily used to prevent unintended pregnancy; however, some of these contraceptives are also approved or used off-label for other health conditions, particularly menstrual-related disorders. This report focuses on female hormonal contraceptives used for birth control as well as other non-contraceptive benefits distinct from their ability to prevent pregnancy. Female hormonal contraceptives are used in women of reproductive age, which according to the World Health Organization (WHO) refers to all women ages 15–49 years.

GlobalData estimates the 2017 sales for the contraceptives market at approximately $6.34 billion across the 8MM, encompassing the US, the five major European countries (5EU: France, Germany, Italy, Spain, and UK), Japan, and China. By 2027, GlobalData expects the overall market to grow at a moderate compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 2.7% to reach sales of $8.24 billion over the 10-year period. The Chinese market is anticipated to grow the fastest, recording a CAGR of 6.2%, while the US, 5EU, and Japan will each record CAGRs of 4.8%, -0.5%, and -1.1%, respectively. At the end of 2027, the US will contribute around 63.5% of global sales, while the 5EU, Japan, and China will account for 78.6%, 16.7%, and 4.7% of global sales, respectively.

Key Questions Answered

Combination oral contraceptives (COCs) have dominated the contraceptives market for many years. However, there has been an increased usage of other contraceptive routes of administration, such as hormonal intrauterine devices (IUDs), vaginal rings, and subcutaneous implants. What are the treatment trends during the forecast period? What factors do women take into account when choosing a contraceptive?

There are considerably high unmet needs within the indication. What are the main unmet needs in this market? Will the drugs under development fulfil the unmet needs of the contraceptives market?

How will the entrance of the five late stage pipeline drugs affect the global contraceptive treatment landscape?


Overview of contraceptives, including patterns of treatment, unmet needs and opportunity, current treatment landscape, pipeline drug analysis, and R&D strategies.

Annualized contraceptives market revenue, annual cost of therapy and treatment usage pattern data from 2017 and forecast for ten years to 2027.

Key topics covered include strategic competitor assessment, market characterization, unmet needs, clinical trial mapping and implications for the contraceptives market.

Pipeline analysis: comprehensive data split across different phases, emerging novel trends under development, and detailed analysis of late-stage pipeline drugs.

Analysis of the current and future market competition in the global contraceptives market. Insightful review of the key industry drivers, restraints and challenges. Each trend is independently researched to provide qualitative analysis of its implications.

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Companies mentioned

Agile Therapeutics


Antares Pharma Bayer


Exeltis Germany

Evofem Biosciences

Fuji Pharma Co.


Mithra Pharmaceuticals


The Population Council

Sebela Pharma

Therapeutics MD

Viramal Ltd

Table of Contents

1 Table of Contents

1.1 List of Tables

1.2 List of Figures

2 Contraceptives: Executive Summary

2.1 Moderate Growth in the Contraceptives Market Is Expected Between 2017 and 2027, Driven by US and China Sales

2.2 Developers Targeting Other Female Health Conditions in Addition to Contraception

2.3 The Contraceptives Market Is Still in Need of Therapeutics with Better Safety Profiles

2.4 Significant Opportunity Remains in Chinese and Japanese Contraceptives Markets

2.5 The Diverse Late-Stage Pipeline Offers Women More Options for Contraception

2.6 What Do Physicians Think?

3 Introduction

3.1 Catalyst

3.2 Related Reports

3.3 Upcoming Related Reports

4 Disease Overview

4.1 Contraception

4.2 Other Indications

5 Current Treatment Options

5.1 Overview

6 Unmet Needs and Opportunity Assessment

6.1 Overview

6.2 Hormonal Contraceptives with Reduced Adverse Reactions

6.3 Non-hormonal Contraceptives

6.4 Better Compliance and Adherence to Contraceptives

6.5 Access to a Wide Range of Contraceptive Methods

6.6 Awareness of Different Contraceptive Methods

7 R&D Strategies

7.1 Overview

7.1.1 Development of Novel Non-hormonal Contraceptives

7.1.2 Utilization of Contraceptives for Other Disease Indications

7.1.3 New Drug Delivery Technologies

7.2 Clinical Trials Design

7.2.1 Pearl Index as an Efficacy Tool

7.2.2 Selection of an Active Comparator

8 Pipeline Assessment

8.1 Overview

8.2 Innovative Early-Stage Approaches

9 Pipeline Valuation Analysis

9.1 Clinical Benchmark of Key Pipeline Drugs

9.2 Commercial Benchmark of Key Pipeline Drugs

9.3 Competitive Assessment

9.4 Top-Line 10-Year Forecast

9.4.1 US

9.4.2 5EU

9.4.3 Japan

9.4.4 China

10 Appendix

10.1 Bibliography

10.2 Abbreviations

10.3 Methodology

10.3.1 Forecasting Methodology

10.3.2 Percent Drug-Treated Patients

10.3.3 Drugs Included in Each Therapeutic Class

10.3.4 Launch and Patent Expiry Dates

10.3.5 General Pricing Assumptions

10.3.6 Individual Drug Assumptions

10.3.7 Generic Erosion

10.3.8 Pricing of Pipeline Agents

10.4 Primary Research – KOLs Interviewed for This Report

10.5 Primary Research – Prescriber Survey

10.6 About the Authors

10.6.1 Senior Analyst

10.6.2 Managing Analyst

10.6.3 Therapy Area Director

10.6.4 Global Director of Therapy Analysis and Epidemiology

10.6.5 Global Head and EVP of Healthcare Operations and Strategy

10.7 About GlobalData

10.8 Contact Us

10.9 Disclaimer

List of Tables

Table 1: Contraceptives: Key Metrics in the 8MM

Table 2: Most Common Types of Contraceptives

Table 3: Leading Currently Marketed Branded Contraceptives, 2017

Table 4: Comparison of Therapeutic Classes in Development for Contraception, 2017–2027

Table 5: Innovative Early-Stage Approaches for Contraception, 2018

Table 6: Clinical Benchmark of Key Pipeline Drugs – Contraceptives

Table 7: Commercial Benchmark of Key Pipeline Drugs – Contraceptives

Table 8: Key Events Impacting Sales for Contraceptives, 2017–2027

Table 9: Contraceptives Market – Global Drivers and Barriers, 2017–2027

Table 10: Key Historical and Projected Launch Dates for Contraceptives

Table 11: Key Historical and Projected Patent Expiry Dates for Contraceptives

Table 12: High-Prescribing Physicians (non-KOLs) Surveyed, by Country

List of Figures

Figure 1: Global Sales Forecast by Country for Contraceptives in 2017 and 2027

Figure 2: Competitive Assessment of the Marketed and Pipeline Drugs Benchmarked Against Oral Contraceptives

Figure 3: Unmet Needs and Opportunities in Contraceptives

Figure 4: Overview of the Development Pipeline in Contraception

Figure 5: Key Phase II/III Trials for the Promising Pipeline Agents That GlobalData Expects to Be Licensed for Contraception in the 8MM During the Forecast Period

Figure 6: Competitive Assessment of the Pipeline Drugs Benchmarked Against Oral Contraceptives

Figure 7: Global (8MM) Sales Forecast by Country for Contraceptives in 2017 and 2027

Figure 8: Global Sales Forecast by Class for Contraceptives in 2017 and 2027


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