The idea of oral contraception for men is not new. Scientists have been targeting this concept for years, but certain hurdles continue to be unmet.
Recent news suggests that researchers have made significant breakthroughs.
The Australian researchers believe that a contraceptive pill for males could be possible within the next 10 years.
Challenges Developing Male Oral Contraception
Previous attempts at discovering a drug for male-targeted contraception have failed for a few reasons. Many attempts have undesirable long-term effects on male fertility. Some strategies fail because of potential damaging effects on future offspring.
A Different Attempt
Dr. Sab Ventura and Dr. Carl White of the Monash Institute of Pharmaceutical Sciences in Australia lead the team that made the recent discovery that differs from most previous attempts.
“But the researchers say they have discovered a male contraceptive target within the autonomic nervous system – a control system that affects sexual arousal, among other functions.”
According to the study, no negative effects on the sexual behavior or function were found. This research will be the base for further studies that attempt to develop a safe, effective male contraceptive pill.
While we’re talking about the future of contraception methods, we should mention the importance of using the right forms of contraception now.
Our safe sex habits will likely change in the coming decades. For now, however, we rely on the current forms. Some contraceptive methods also help prevent the transmission of STDs. Read the following articles to learn how this works: