Male birth control pill, Gamendazole, being developed at University of Minnesota
|Soon, blister packs of this sort may become a fact of life for sexually active men, too.|
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Georg and a team of scientists are developing a male birth control pill named Gamendazole that may soon be approved by the FDA for a clinical test.
From the Minnesota Daily:
Georg said the drug will be a "reversible" alternative to permanent vasectomies because men will be able to take the pill to temporarily minimize fertility and can regain fertility if they stop taking it...In the meantime, sexually active U of M students continue to tie 'em on -- according to the Daily report, 60 percent of students said a condom was involved last time they had sex. That's a lot of awkward reaching, tearing, and goodness-let-me-put-this-on-right moments!
She said the drug has to be completely free of side-effects, such as potential sperm damage, before being released onto the market.
"This drug has to be absolutely clean," Georg said, "and that's a very high hurdle to take."
Developing new male contraceptives has been historically slow because it's much more difficult to block sperm than eggs, Georg said.
Every milliliter of semen produced has 15 to 200 million sperm, she said.
"That gives you an idea [of] how difficult that might be to control as opposed to controlling one egg."
She said while there's a perception that men will not want to use a contraceptive pill, many males have responded to studies on how they would want to take it.
"I think that men are actually more willing to do this than a lot of people think."
But don't get too hot and bothered quite yet. Given the rigors of getting a new drug to market -- especially one that treats healthy individuals -- Gamendazole, much like the sexual act itself for many people, will remain a pleasant fantasy for the foreseeable future.