Male contraceptive pill really on the way?

A new oral contraceptive for men deactivates sperm and only has to be taken every three months

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A male contraceptive pill has been developed that claims to temporarily deactivate sperm with no side effects. Scientists have suggested the male pill could be available in as little as 3 years.

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Though ideas for a male pill have been around for years, this innovation appears to offer a different approach. Rather than using a combination of male and female hormones to block pregnancy, this pill removes a vital protein in the sperm that is required for conception. 

Taken every 3 months, the pill does not prevent sperm getting through to the uterus but it does disable the sperm so it is unable to fertilise the egg. Researchers say that this method is 100% effective at stopping pregnancy plus has none of the side effects associated with oral female contraceptives.

“Men don’t cope well with side effects and having side effects would probably put many off wanting to take a pill. We’ve had none of those problems with our pill,” said Professor Haim Breitbart who has helped develop the pill.

A big drawback to previous male contraceptive pills is that women don’t trust their partners to take a pill regularly but Professor Haim believes that “women would trust their man to remember once a month or once a quarter.”

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So would you trust your man once every three months?

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