INTERNATIONAL: Scientists have made a major breakthrough in developing male birth control

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2d261b9ac602a174ddd569f58b2d2fb6YAHOO NEWS – It’s been more than 50 years since the first oral birth control pill was available to women and, since then, there hasn’t been a similar product on the market for men. However, science is making huge strides toward changing that.

Researchers in the U.K. have developed a compound that temporarily deactivates a protein that puts the “wiggle” into a sperm’s tail, the Telegraph reports. As a result, sperm aren’t able to swim and therefore can’t fertilize a woman’s egg, causing a pregnancy.

“The results are startling — and almost instant. When you take healthy sperm and add our compound, within a few minutes the sperm basically cannot move,” Lead researcher John Howl, PhD, a professor of molecular pharmacology at the University of Wolverhampton in England, said.

Howl tells Yahoo Beauty that he and his colleagues were “very surprised” at many stages of their research. “Sperm are very difficult targets for conventional drugs, so we were delighted to discover that cell penetrating peptides (CPPs) can target different compartments within sperm,” he says. Howl says he was also surprised that they were able to manipulate sperm physiology using bioactive CPPs, molecules that they call bioportides, which they used to influence sperm motility, or ability to move.

Howl and his team haven’t developed a pill yet, but he says “we have both interesting lead compounds and an innovative technology that needs to be further developed in a clinical setting.” Howl says there is “tremendous potential” for male birth control, especially since an estimated 40 percent of pregnancies are unplanned.

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4 comments

  1. Stop being so negative. Let's be innovative in our minds and encourage development and progress. We don't even know what the side effects will be if any. If people always thought so negative we would not have the female contraceptives we have today. Just be open minded. Your children might well need it later on in their lives.

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  2. Science has continually advocated that the cure for all human ailment lies in a pill. Howevevr side effects of these quick fixes are seldom put to rigorous human testing. The one thing we are never fully made aware of is all the problems that arise because of these poorly tested drugs. We will one day see the true reason why we have been fed these quick fix potions into our perfect bodies. In the meantime rest assured that the quick fix will definitely work however the hidden issues brought about by this lie will continue to remain hidden.

    None but ourselves can free our minds.

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  3. Big joke .. Black men will not take it. the same reason they never take any of their medications.

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  4. hmmm jus readin this .....smh. how long does the effects of this last? will the sperm ever be able to swim again? will it have lasting side effects? brothers. jus use a condom tan.

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