Male birth control pill, Gamendazole, being developed at University of Minnesota

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Soon, blister packs of this sort may become a fact of life for sexually active men, too.
Guys -- sick of condoms? If so, first of all, don't complain about having sex. But second, know that University of Minnesota medicinal chemistry professor Gunda Georg is working hard to supply you with an alternative as soon as possible.

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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...

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."
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!

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.

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audsauce
audsauce

How come women's birth control doesn't have to be "completely free of side effects?"

Scott Strehlow
Scott Strehlow

That could be useful, but won't help prevent spread of STDs.

Bill Crosby
Bill Crosby

Great for married couples, but I see it causing more trouble than it prevents if dumb people happen use it. "Well, I can't get her pregnant, so forget buying condoms. What's an STD?" I think we should just focus on encouraging guys to always wear a condom...just my two cents

Jeff Metzen
Jeff Metzen

Wish they would have had this back when i was still sexually active!

Jason Bistodeau
Jason Bistodeau

I can barely remember to take my vitamins every day! I'll just keep my appointment for the snip-snip - it's already on the calendar.

Monica Hernandez
Monica Hernandez

It's about time let men take control of their own future

Dana Froehlig
Dana Froehlig

if you dont have kids and this is a safe and reliable drug could be big money for minnesota pharmocology

Brad Benson
Brad Benson

Gettin the snip snip in about a month. We have 5 kids now and it's time to be done.

جون فونك
جون فونك

The ol' snip snip is one of the top five best things I've ever done for myself. Reversable? Why would I want that? I'm free and clear for the rest of my life!

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