Male Birth Control

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Thursday, June 9, 2011 - 8:37am

Researchers say they are close to developing a birth control pill for men.

What's working for these mice, may soon work for men. Experts at Columbia University Medical Center say they have found a pill that mimics Vitamin A deficiency, which causes male sterility.

Doctor Jonathan Masel says it could work, but not anytime soon.

"There is certainly enough excitement to say maybe this will be applicable someday to humans, but I would say it would be at least 3 to 5 years out from accomplishment sort of goal," said Masel.

By studying mice, researchers found low doses of the drug stopped sperm production and did not have significant side effects and fertility was restored shortly after the mice stopped the treatment.

Unlike birth control pills for females, this pill is not hormone-based. For women, choosing a birth control is a big deal, with so many to choose from.

Former birth control user Nicole Wojtak said, "Talk to your doctor and find out what the safest one would be and with the least side effects."

But will men take a contraceptive pill, every single day, if it's offered to them? If most say no, this new drug may end up staying here...in the lab.

"So they can't determine if there is enough of a market to be investing the millions of dollars it takes to develop the drug that some of these drugs won't even develop in the first place," said Masel.
 

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