Monday, October 30, 2006

Male contraceptive pill coming soon

A contraceptive pill for men may be in the works. Scientists testing the new drug on rats, say that they are able to make the rats infertile and successfully reverse the drug effect later. From BBC:

Tests on rats show blocking connections to cells which "nurture" developing sperm makes the animals infertile.

The US and Italian researchers say they used relatively low doses of the molecule and found no obvious side effects, and the effect was reversible...

When sperm are being made in the body in a process called spermatogenesis they sit next to other cells, called Sertoli cells, which nurse and help them grow.

If the connection between these two cell types is broken, infertility can result in men.

In the study authors used a recently developed molecule called Adjudin to dislodge the developing sperm from the Sertoli cells.

The next step will be testing the new drug on humans. Any takers, gentlemen?

12 comments:

r'chelle said...

finally!

kebab said...

Me no guinea pig.

Alvin said...

".... Any takers, gentlemen?"

Not many men will be daring enough to participate in a male contraceptive drug trial test.

Johnny Q said...

It may be reversible on the rats but what if it won't on me?!!!

I still have seeds to sow.

Anonymous said...

Does the trial involves free ladies for guys to try to impregnate???

Mr Big said...

Beats wearing condoms but I wouldn't try it until it is proven 100% safe so that means some other men have to do the trials first.

The Kop said...

I doubt the scientists can get a drug out to the market because:

i) problem getting men to do trials

ii) men do not like the idea of taking contraceptive pills

iii) men always believe that ladies should be taking pills instead of them because the risk is more on their side

iv) men cannot be trusted to take their pills daily.

Yishene said...

This is good for partners. They will have more choices when it comes to deciding on what type of contraceptives.

Shy said...

Would be funny for a girl to ask the guy if he is on the pill tonight. Hahaha!

GeekGod said...

Researches in California back in 2003 revealed that men consistently rated a male pill as more against nature, more of a bother, more harmful, and more against their beliefs than a female pill. Even educated, middle-class men are unwilling to assume the risks and inconveniences associated with effective contraception, yet they still expect their female partners to do so.

Anonymous said...

good for those guys who like to shoot in.

Honky Tong said...

It is always the female's job. Kekeke.

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