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Male Birth Control Pill on the way?

Friday, 07 September 2012 10:19 AM

Texas A&M University researchers say they have discovered a new natural compound that could soon lead to the development of a reliable male birth control pill that carries no side effects.
The discovery, reported in the journal Cell, was made in studies of mice that revealed a compound called JQ1 acts as an inhibitor to sperm production and also sperm mobility.
"Both of these are needed for fertility, but JQ1 prevents both," said Qinglei Li, an assistant professor in Texas A&M's College of Veterinary Medicine & Biomedical Sciences who is part of a team of researchers that made the finding. “It stopped the sperm production very dramatically. More good news is that there appear to be no side effects whatsoever.”
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Although the mice were given injections, the team believes that a pill could eventually be developed for men that would produce the same results.
Scientists have been trying to develop a male contraceptive pill for decades, but so far none has been successfully created. Recent studies have shown that about 70 percent of men say they would take a birth control pill if it were available.
Unlike female contraceptives, which sometimes interfere with hormones such as estrogen, Li said JQ1 does not affect testosterone in men and appears to have no other side effects.
Researchers noted the JQ1 compound was originally used for anti-cancer treatments, but researchers found it was also an excellent compound in controlling fertility.
"This is an exciting step in male contraception," Li added. "A compound with more specificity will be needed before clinical trials can be done for humans. It does not mean a male birth control just yet, but it is a great step forward in that direction."
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