Yes, you read right. It looks like there’s a new contraceptive pill in town and it is strictly for the fellas.
Following successful trials on mice, a male contraceptive pill has been found to be 99 percent effective. This pill which is listed as being non-hormonal could be the game-changer in reproductive health and female reproductive agency.
According to MD Abdullah al Noman of the University of Minnesota, Minneapolis the male contraceptive pill was shown to have fewer side-effects than in previous trials. He and his colleagues revealed their findings at the American Chemical Society’s spring meeting. Noman gave mice doses of a molecule called YCT529 over a period of a month and found that sperm count plummeted in each test subject.
He added, “When we (his colleagues) went to even 100 times higher dose than the effective dose, the compound didn’t show any toxicity.”
However, some side-effects of the male contraceptive observed in the mice included acne, reduced sex drive and mild erectile dysfunction. Mild? Welp!
Could this be the answer to the age-old gender war on birth control?
It is early days yet before the male contraceptive pill is rolled out on the market.
Twitter weighed in on this new medical discovery which promises to share the burden of birth control between sexes.
Here are some hilarious Twitter reactions to the male contraceptive pill.