Male Birth Control Pill On The Horizon

Male Birth ControlReports LiveScience via MNN:

Equality for men may be on the horizon — contraceptive equality, that is. For more than a half century, women have been able to pop a pill to prevent pregnancy, but a pharmaceutical alternative has never emerged for men.

Now, research to interfere with the body’s ability to use vitamin A is showing some promise, because, in men, vitamin A is necessary for the production of sperm.

One recent study found that a compound that interferes with the body’s ability to use vitamin A rendered male mice sterile while they were receiving 8- or 16-week courses. But once the mice were taken off the compound, they resumed making sperm. Significantly, the researchers found no side effects, and the testosterone levels of the mice stayed normal, meaning no fluctuations in mousey libido.

“Our mice, they mate quite happily, so that is not something we have interfered with,” said Debra Wolgemuth, one of the study researchers and a professor of genetics and development at Columbia University Medical Center.

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24 Comments on "Male Birth Control Pill On The Horizon"

  1. Hadrian999 | Jun 21, 2011 at 6:06 am |

    there already is male birth control, it’s called an alias

  2. Hadrian999 | Jun 21, 2011 at 2:06 am |

    there already is male birth control, it’s called an alias

  3. There’s got to be a long term side-effect, like going permanently sterile, to something like this.

  4. There’s got to be a long term side-effect, like going permanently sterile, to something like this.

    • jackedu317 | Jun 21, 2011 at 4:06 am |

      that’s most likely to be the case. all part of agenda 21, or “sustainable development”. women have been poisoning their insides for years with tons of side effects, or “unmarketable” effects, and i’m sure millions of dumb men will jump at the chance too…

    • > “The concern I have as a clinician about their approach is retinoic
      acid has multiple functions in multiple
      > tissues so blocking the activity by blocking the receptor, I have concerns that could cause side effects.”

      > Retinoic acid is important for vision, a healthy immune system and other functions.Unless this can be targeted for the testes, it sounds like users would effectively have vitamin A deficiency.

    • They got women to do it. The reason this probably won’t catch on is still because a condom is the most effective form at protecting from STDs which is a much bigger concern than the pregnancy factor for a lot of people.

      • The only reason you can say std’s are more of a concern is if you are someone who has sex with lots and lots of partners probably most of which are strangers. Otherwise known as a whore/ male whore/ insert slang word of choice here. Wait until you are (trying to) deal with an unplanned pregnancy and wait until it destroys you before you discount the effect an unplanned pregnancy has on everyone involved.

  5. jackedu317 | Jun 21, 2011 at 8:06 am |

    that’s most likely to be the case. all part of agenda 21, or “sustainable development”. women have been poisoning their insides for years with tons of side effects, or “unmarketable” effects, and i’m sure millions of dumb men will jump at the chance too…

  6. > “The concern I have as a clinician about their approach is retinoic
    acid has multiple functions in multiple
    > tissues so blocking the activity by blocking the receptor, I have concerns that could cause side effects.”

    > Retinoic acid is important for vision, a healthy immune system and other functions.Unless this can be targeted for the testes, it sounds like users would effectively have vitamin A deficiency.

  7. Sperm Man | Jun 21, 2011 at 9:57 am |

    Wait, it inhibits the production of sperm?  PSH, no thanks, I like shooting out semen when I orgasm. 

  8. Sperm Man | Jun 21, 2011 at 9:57 am |

    Wait, it inhibits the production of sperm?  PSH, no thanks, I like shooting out semen when I orgasm. 

  9. Sperm Man | Jun 21, 2011 at 5:57 am |

    Wait, it inhibits the production of sperm?  PSH, no thanks, I like shooting out semen when I orgasm. 

    • Semen Man | Jun 21, 2011 at 4:26 pm |

      Sperm comes out in semen, but sperm is not semen. Semen will still come out, just sterile semen.

  10. Anonymous | Jun 21, 2011 at 10:48 am |

    They got women to do it. The reason this probably won’t catch on is still because a condom is the most effective form at protecting from STDs which is a much bigger concern than the pregnancy factor for a lot of people.

  11. Anonymous | Jun 21, 2011 at 5:53 pm |

    Now men can use pharmaceutical poisons to do something something for which more enlightened societies than this one used various contraceptive and abortifacient herbs!

  12. JoiquimCouteau | Jun 21, 2011 at 1:53 pm |

    Now men can use pharmaceutical poisons to do something something for which more enlightened societies than this one used various contraceptive and abortifacient herbs!

  13. Can I just do it until I need glasses?

  14. Semen Man | Jun 21, 2011 at 8:26 pm |

    Sperm comes out in semen, but sperm is not semen. Semen will still come out, just sterile semen.

  15. This is great, really.  So long as it’s tested enough to know it won’t kill the person taking it or something.  I’m not a dr or the like but if it can be done safely, I’m all for it. 

    As a female, it’d be nice to know that the responsibility or preventing pregnancy could be shared by the male, and the idea of being able to go off of BC for a while is nice too, if I choose to.   
    (There is obviously the options to use condoms, but I don’t trust just those, personally.)

  16. This is great, really.  So long as it’s tested enough to know it won’t kill the person taking it or something.  I’m not a dr or the like but if it can be done safely, I’m all for it. 

    As a female, it’d be nice to know that the responsibility or preventing pregnancy could be shared by the male, and the idea of being able to go off of BC for a while is nice too, if I choose to.   
    (There is obviously the options to use condoms, but I don’t trust just those, personally.)

  17. The only reason you can say std’s are more of a concern is if you are someone who has sex with lots and lots of partners probably most of which are strangers. Otherwise known as a whore/ male whore/ insert slang word of choice here. Wait until you are (trying to) deal with an unplanned pregnancy and wait until it destroys you before you discount the effect an unplanned pregnancy has on everyone involved.

  18. The only reason you can say std’s are more of a concern is if you are someone who has sex with lots and lots of partners probably most of which are strangers. Otherwise known as a whore/ male whore/ insert slang word of choice here. Wait until you are (trying to) deal with an unplanned pregnancy and wait until it destroys you before you discount the effect an unplanned pregnancy has on everyone involved.

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