The “Pill” for Men?
- Created: July 3, 2013
- by: admin
Read on to find out about male contraceptions alternative that are currently in the pipeline!
Every couple of years, new birth control methods for women pop up on pharmacy shelves and in gynocology offices that offer safe, easy, and super-effective results. For example, the extended-cycle pill, intrauterine device (IUD) and OTC emergency contraception all made their appearances in the last decade.
For men, the options are slim. If a man wants to take pregnancy prevention into his own hands, his options are limited to condoms, a vasectomy, withdrawal, or abstinence; however, new data indicates that scientists are finally developing advancements for male contraception.
Researchers writing in the April issue of the Open Access Journal Contraception published a list of top emerging options. Among those options included a daily or weekly pill that would deliver a dose of artificial hormones to a man’s bloodstream, acting on reproductive hormones to prevent sperm from being produced.
“Like the female hormonal pill, the male hormonal pill would be reversible. But also like the female hormonal pill, there appear to be side effects—among them: acne, weight gain, and even trickier to work around, changes in testosterone levels that trigger a plunge in libido,” says Deborah A. Garside, review co-author and a member of the department of medicine at Imperial College in London, UK.
Other options include non-hormonal techniques – vaccines that immunizes men with antibodies to halt sperm production. According to the study, each injection would last for long intervals.
Given this information, do you think these alternatives will decrease unwanted pregnancies and allow for better family planning? Only time will tell.