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Are You Ready for the Male Contraceptive Pill?

Posted Apr 25 2009 12:35am

Get ready guys - we’re one step closer to getting a male contraceptive pill. Researchers have pinpointed a faulty gene that impacts sperm movement so that the little fellas can’t penetrate an egg and fertilize it.

The scientists from the University of Social Welfare and Rehabilitation Sciences in, of all places, Tehran, Iran, were looking for gene defects related to deafness, but came across the sperm gene - called CATSPER 1 - instead.

Experts speculate that a drug could be developed to stick to the CATSPER1 protein to prevent it from working properly. A man taking this drug would produce abnormal sperm that could not fertilize an egg. The trick with such a drug is to make it not only safe and effective, but also reversible.

So men - what do you think? Are you ready for your own contraceptive? Would you take one if it was available?

photo credit: tacit requiem

Are You Ready for the Male Contraceptive Pill?

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