Researchers are working to create the first male contraceptive that isn’t a condom or surgery. A team says they’ve developed a non-hormonal form of male Birth Control. They have kept lab mice sterile for four to six weeks with seemingly no side effects.
Human pill trials are expected to begin by the end of the year. The research is done by the University of Minnesota, which says it works by targeting how our bodies interact with vitamin A, known to be essential to fertility in mammals.
Most of these proposed options work by targeting testosterone, which could come with unwanted side effects like higher cholesterol or lower sex drive. Research team thinks their treatment could skate past these concerns, making it a more appealing option, according to lead researcher Md Abdullah Al Noman, a graduate student in medicinal chemistry at the university.