Researchers Reportedly Closer Than Ever To Developing A Male Birth Control Pill
While women have been reaching for pills since they initially went on the market in 1960, the options for men regarding birth control have been few. But according to researchers out of the University of Minnesota’s College of Pharmacy, they’re closer than ever to creating a pill that will produce temporary sterility in men.
“It would be wonderful to provide couples with a safe alternative because some women cannot take birth control pills,” said Gunda I. Georg Ph.D., the leader of the research team, when speaking to Science Daily.
Companies like Bristol-Meyers Squibb have tried their hands at experimental male contraceptives, but the problems they encountered are what Georg and the UM team are trying to overcome. That includes attempting to make the prophylactic in a safe, oral form (not a drug that would need to be injected). Steps also need to be taken to ensure that the contraceptions don’t slow down a man’s libido and also can be reversed promptly so a man can be able to move forward with having children when ready.
According to the ABC news affiliate, it could take as little as a few months and as long as a few years to get the medication testing finalized, but once it is, your partner could be getting a daily reminder to take his pill.
But the question is, do you see a man taking daily birth control? How about your spouse? Considering that some guys even struggle with having and using condoms on a regular basis, I wouldn’t say men are going to go gaga over the idea. However, for those who want to make a serious effort not to impregnate folks without having to go the vasectomy route (here’s looking at you Peter Gunz), this could be an amazing development. Until then, the University of Minnesota’s College of Pharmacy continues to work on designing the perfect pill for men.