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Soon men will be the ones taking birth control pills. Image via Unsplash

Future of contraceptives: Scientists almost ready for men to take ‘the pill’

Soon men, and not women, will bear the burden of taking birth control pills as scientists are confident about latest findings.

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Soon men will be the ones taking birth control pills. Image via Unsplash

For many years, only women were subjected to birth control measures and preventing unwanted pregnancies through various contraceptive methods. The contraceptive burden placed on a woman’s shoulders may soon be lifted as scientists have developed a birth control pill for men that is 99 percent effective against pregnancies in a study where mice were the test subjects.

Birth control pills almost on the cards for men

Scientists have found a birth control pill that is 99% effective in preventing pregnancies in mice with no observed side effects.

In March this year, scientists unveiled their findings at the American Chemical Society spring meeting.

According to Md Abdullah al Noman, the scientific team gave male mice a daily dose of a molecule called YCT529 over four weeks and found that their sperm count plummeted, with no other reported side effects.

“When we went to even 100 times higher dose than the effective dose, the compound didn’t show any toxicity,” he said.

Six weeks after stopping the treatment, the mice were able to reproduce again.

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New frontiers ahead?

The successful trial means that the team will soon be moving on to human trials and if found successful, will hit the market five years from now.

They did however note that a successful animal trial may not mean a successful human trial.

In fact, over the years, no birth control treatment for males has passed human trials because many of the compounds appear to suppress testosterone levels which result in side effects like weight gain, depression, and blood clots.

According to Dazed Digital, Dr Norman remains optimistic:

“We are very excited and hopeful about this drug,” he said.

“If approved, this could be the next breakthrough in birth control pills since the first female birth control pill in 1960.”