Nonhormonal Birth Control for Men Shows Promise in Early Research

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Nonhormonal Birth Control for Men Shows Promise in Early Research

Alas! Male birth control is here

In this Healthline article, you'll learn about:

  • What the research shows

" Preliminary research in mice could put scientists one step closer to developing an oral, nonhormonal form of birth control for men.

The research was presented at a meeting of the American Chemical Society and detailed that in mice, a nonhormonal male contraceptive was effective at preventing pregnancy, and didn’t produce obvious side effects. "

  • Why scientist chose this research path

" “Scientists have been trying for decades to develop an effective male oral contraceptive, but there are still no approved pills on the market,” Md Abdullah al Noman, researcher and graduate student at the University of Minnesota said in a press release.

“We wanted to develop a nonhormonal male contraceptive to avoid… side effects.”

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  • And why it's taken so long to get male birth control

" He says part of the reason a male oral contraceptive doesn’t already exist is due to side effects, and motivation from men to take it.

“The main barrier is finding an effective pill with minimal side effects and the enthusiasm for men to take such a pill. In committed relationships, this will work out well and men will likely be up for taking a pill. But, our track record as a gender for assuming birth control responsibility is not stellar. "


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