Scientists at King’s College London recently announced work on a new contraceptive pill for men. A male form of the birth control pill isn’t a new idea, but researches have yet to find a concoction that is safe and reliable on a long-term basis. However, by taking a different approach, King’s College thinks it’s on to something.
Imagine this: a birth control pill that only has to be taken as regularly as the man engages in sex, whose effects are reversible within 24 hours, and that doesn’t interfere with the man’s personal satisfaction. According to a recent BBC article , it’s on the horizon. Years ago, scientists noticed that drugs used to treat schizophrenia and high blood pressure had the unexpected side effect of preventing ejaculation. King’s College London isolated the chemical culprits and think they could have an oral contraceptive within five years.
What’s different about this pill is that it doesn’t have to be taken daily, unless the man is engaging in intercourse every day. In fact, the pill can be taken between two and 24 hours prior to the encounter and still be effective. After 24 hours the effects wear off and the man’s fertility returns to normal. The chemicals prevent muscles in the vas deferens from contracting, therefore stopping the sperm from leaving the shaft.
Currently, when males are the relationship partner dealing with contraception, condoms, vasectomies, and withdrawal are the only available options. Hormonal injections and implants, as well as plugs for the vas deferens, are in the pipeline as well, though none has reached the market. Globally, papaya seeds, neem oil, lemon juice, and other natural remedies have been sought over the years to kill or reduce sperm in order to prevent pregnancy. This simple pill may be more reliable.
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