Posted: 15 February, 2015
Male Pill Finally On The Way!
Two drugs being looked at for human use.
The unfair female responsibility for chemical contraception soon could be a thing of the past, like horse-drawn carts and phones without the internet. Hooray!
Are you tired of side-effects, trying to find the right brand and needing to set an alarm in your phone so you remember to take your pill? It's okay - soon it could be your boyfriend's problem!
There are two compounds at various stages of testing. Pill number one is called H2-gamendazole and is at the animal-trial stage. How does it work? It stops sperm from reaching maturity, and instead they are reabsorbed by the testes (which sounds kind of gross, but, you know. Science). Naturally, no sperm cells means there's nothing for the lady-egg to dance with. Hooray!
The second lucky candidate is JQ1, which makes the takers body forget how to produce sperm alltogether. The compound blocks the proteins that tell the testes how to make sex cells. It's a little more complicated than H2 in that it could tell the body not to build other proteins in the body, which would be, you know. Bad. So they're conducting trials to make sure that this isn't the case.
Either way, thanks to science and researchers in the US it looks like men could soon have an easier way to take control of their fertility!