Scientists make breakthrough with a non-hormonal male contraceptive pill
It's about time.
A male contraceptive pill is reportedly 99% effective, recent studies have found.
Scientists have been testing the pill on mice and believe it is effective.
They also said there are no known side effects.
The pill is non-hormonal, unlike the female contraceptive pill.
The team is expecting to begin human trials later this year.
The team presented their findings at the American Chemical Society meeting on March 23rd.
They explained that they wanted to develop a pill that would not have side effects like depression and weight gain.
Many male contraceptive pills in development target the male hormone testosterone.
These pills can often have side effects like the ones mentioned above.
However, Dr. Abdullah Al Noman said, "We wanted to develop a non-hormonal male contraceptive to avoid these side effects."
"Scientists have been trying for decades to develop an effective male oral contraceptive, but there are still no approved pills on the market," he added.
He added that men are willing to take a male contraceptive pill, especially because their only current options are condoms or having a vasectomy.
Dr. Abdullah Al Noman added, "Multiple studies showed that men are interested in sharing the responsibility of birth control with their partners."
The first female contraceptive pill was introduced in the 1960s, but a male equivalent is still not approved.
A contraceptive pill for men will finally bring a much-needed balance.
It will also take a lot of pressure away from women. Especially for those who have been expected to just deal with major side effects from the pill for decades.
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