Posted: 26 October, 2016
A Male Contraceptive Pill Could Be Available Within Five Years
A form of temporary, male contraception could soon be on the cards thanks to new research.
Researchers at the University of Wolverhampton have undertaken a three year research project to look at the impact of cell-penetrating peptides – in particular how they can control sperm.
The peptides, which would come in the form of a pill or a nasal spray, could be used minutes before sex and would make men infertile for a few days.
Professor John Howl, who is behind the project said "The results are startling and almost instant. When you take healthy sperm and add our compound, within a few minutes the sperm basically cannot move".
Attempts by scientists to develop a male pill have so far been unsuccessful as altering male hormone levels can be irreversible.
Peptides, on the other hand, only affect sperm and not hormones. It’s believe the drug could be available by 2021.