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Male Birth Control Pills! Guys, Would You Take This? Scientists move a Step Closer towards an Effective Male Contraceptive

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Women across various ethnic, social and religious backgrounds have for long been the larger group shouldering the responsibility of birth control using various methods such as pills, injectables, IUDs and more. However, things might be changing now.

Scientists have made a recent development in the birth control pill for men and may be one step closer to marketing the pill to the public. ABC News reports that a birth-control option for men in the form of a pill called JQ1 reduces sperm production in men. As with birth control used by women, the effects are reversible when the patient is ready to have children.

Baylor College of Medicine researchers said to in a study published in the journal Cell, “We have only observed full recovery of fertility in treated males. We envision that our discoveries can be completely translated to men, providing a novel and efficacious strategy for a male contraceptive.”

Dr. James Bradner of the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute in Boston, whose study appears in the journal told Reuters: “There is no effect on the mouse’s mojo. The animals exhibit the normal sexual behaviors and frequency of copulation. What’s more, the effect is completely reversible. Once doctors stopped giving the drug to mice, they were able to sire healthy litters, with no apparent side effects.”

How it works
JQ1 blocks a protein called BRDT essential for sperm production in the testes.

Dr. James Bradner, from the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, told Fox News, “(The protein) develops amnesia – it forgets how to make sperm as long as the mice are administered the drug.”

Scientists say the research is exciting because it applies a unique approach to the problem of male contraception, which is now largely comprised of less reliable methods like condom use, or more permanent procedures like vasectomies.

Dr. Joseph Alkukal, director of male reproductive health at New York University’s Langone Medical center said to ABC News, “If you look at vasectomy, there are plenty of men in committed relationships who choose to take onus of reproductive planning on themselves. I think the same sorts of people would choose to look into something like this.”

So, men, are you excited about this development? Would you be interested in taking birth control pills?

Photo Credit: Reuters

Adeola Adeyemo is a graduate of Industrial Relations and Personnel Management from University of Lagos. However, her passion is writing and she worked as a reporter with NEXT Newspaper. She believes that anything can be written about; anything can be a story depending on the angle it is seen from and the writer's imagination. When she is not writing news or feature articles, she slips into her fantasies and creates interesting fiction pieces. She blogs at www.deolascope.blogspot.com

26 Comments

  1. Pendo

    August 19, 2012 at 9:19 pm

    i wouldn’t trust a man to religiously take the pill no thank you i will be taking care of my own sexual and reproductive health

  2. Darkhorse

    August 19, 2012 at 9:19 pm

    This will be wonderful to see happen in my life time. Lets see how many man will pop this pills!

  3. Pearlzzzzz

    August 19, 2012 at 9:40 pm

    This is kind of good. Men should take bc pills too. But I doubt if African men will like the idea lol. Atleast unwanted pregnancies may be reduced.. Let’s see if this will start selling in the nearest future.

  4. chinco

    August 19, 2012 at 10:01 pm

    African men won’t want 2 use it.

  5. TRUTH

    August 19, 2012 at 11:05 pm

    its good for men! they should take the pills and worry about their sexual health the way its always burdened on us women! problem is, Nigerian men as we know them will neva take it! trust them to make up excuses like “that is so gay” or “thats a woman’s thing” *hiss*

  6. Chattyzee

    August 20, 2012 at 12:54 am

    1) Good Idea.
    2) It won’t work. At least not for another couple of years. Men are too chauvinistic, sexist and even some times narcissistic. They would not understand why they need to do it. “That’s the woman’s job not mine.” or better still “no be she go get belle? Make she no take am naa ..” mscheeewwwww
    3) Who can blame them? Everyone is so used to women that the pills that the idea of men doing the same will just be absurd.
    4) Why just stay of pills entirely and no engage in pre-marital sex? It’s the safest and 100% guarantee that you have.
    5) For married couples engaged in family planning, I say woman, take thy pills!

    http://dprodigalchild.wordpress.com/

    • justmeee

      August 20, 2012 at 5:53 am

      #word

  7. Amber

    August 20, 2012 at 3:08 am

    Heck no,I will stick to mine.

  8. Mujer Casada

    August 20, 2012 at 3:12 am

    A good thing for the white man. A bad tech advancement for the African man. This pill could mean higher HIV and veneral disease transmission rates. NIgerian men are afraid of the following in rank order: 1) Unplanned pregnancy; 2) HIV and other diseases. Many will take the pills to control their #1 priority and in the process increase their risks of premature moridity and mortality from these various diseases of the modern age.

    • Yvonne

      August 20, 2012 at 9:30 am

      This too is my concern. Presently, most men use condoms to prevent pregnancies and not necessarily for the prevention of HIV and STI’s.

  9. @ajiriavae

    August 20, 2012 at 3:15 am

    I’m really interested to see how well it catches on here in Nigeria and even all over the world. Of course most of the guys who take it will be taking it codedly. They will mostly be guys in relationships where the guy is not quite as committed as the girl so he wants to make sure that nothing happens. I guess time will tell.
    http://ajiristyle.blogspot.com/

  10. America;The land of the brave

    August 20, 2012 at 3:32 am

    A good innovation.
    But the question is, are the men willing to use it?
    When 2 people shoulder the same responsibility, the burden will be less.

  11. Bidi bang

    August 20, 2012 at 6:45 am

    I saw this on CNN it was tested on mouse and it is not proven to be effective yet.

  12. juliet

    August 20, 2012 at 9:43 am

    take thy pills!woman

  13. Iris

    August 20, 2012 at 1:20 pm

    LMAO! I wouldn’t trust any man of any nationality! Women please take your own precautions if sex is so important to you. Lies like ‘of course I did honey’ are universal. And like people are already saying, this is not going to help the cause for HIV infection at all.

  14. Henry

    August 20, 2012 at 1:21 pm

    Waow!that’s great but no thanks cause I’ll never in my life as a guy take such a pill cause believe me fellas,there’s something behind this.cause it’s not right

  15. maegan

    August 20, 2012 at 1:57 pm

    What’s good for the goose is good for the gander. Men should be expected to take the pill just like the woma is. I hope the pill doesn’t make them bloated though lol 🙂

  16. Naija Vix

    August 20, 2012 at 2:37 pm

    I understand some of the opinions on here that agree with the pills, however, I’m actually against them. 1. Men that do agree to take these pills might not see the need to wear condoms anymore. 2. This is brand new, we do not know what side effects this may cause. Although its stated that its reversible, who knows if it really is?

  17. brandigest

    August 20, 2012 at 3:11 pm

    Frankly, we naija men wouldn’t love to take it. You ask me WHY? I keep asking that myself?

  18. carefree

    August 20, 2012 at 7:32 pm

    Naija men are too careless,I fear HIV more than pregnancy

  19. emmNUEL

    August 21, 2012 at 3:41 am

    african people,we like staying back to oldies while others move ahead.wise but unproductive us.i will be d first to use it in naija,my father have ten us(children).hate dat

  20. adenike!

    August 21, 2012 at 3:40 pm

    Like my besty said; women will have to remind their men to use it (if they eventually agree to) so what’s the point? Running around a full blown man like “Junior, go and take your Multivite”. Besides, a horny man is never to be trusted – he’ll say yes, he is on the pill (when he isn’t)just to get some action. Good development but give me drug that’ll prevent HIV and I’ll be more excited.

  21. Austin mayor

    August 21, 2012 at 7:43 pm

    It should be taken by both gender. Both male and fmale to reduce the excessive urge for sex. And it wil help in avoidng unnecessary transmission of std.

  22. Nathalie Clarkson

    August 25, 2012 at 4:38 pm

    I don’t think men are that open-minded and would be interested in taking birth control pills. Women are already used to it. Let it be.

  23. renz orville p. caidoy

    November 16, 2012 at 10:44 am

    i like it hehehe

  24. renz orville p. caidoy

    November 16, 2012 at 10:44 am

    i like u

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