Researchers at the Your Choice Therapeutics have discovered a contraceptive method that can be used by both men and women.
This method could put an end to the era in which responsibility for contraception lies, for the most part, on the woman’s shoulders. Certainly, researchers have been looking to discover contraceptive methods for men as well, in order to bring some balance to the problem. When they discovered a gel for men, women were mad at the reason that it was a very easy method of contraception compared to invasive women’s.
The pill invented by Your Choice Therapeutics could be used by both women and men. The good part is that the first studies show that the lack of hormones in the pill prevents the occurrence of contraceptive side-effects for women (mood swings, nausea, headaches and migraines, weight gain, amenorrhea, low libido, bleeding between menstrual periods) those observed in research to detect male contraceptives (erectile dysfunction).
So, how does the new pill work, since it’s not based on hormones? Among men, they practically “cut” the sperm tail so that they do not reach an egg. In women, it makes the egg become impenetrable in front of any sperm that could reach it.
The only problem is that the pill will probably only be available in about 20 years, when the FDA’s clinical trials and approval process is over. Until then, other methods such as 11-beta-MNTDC may occur.
The latter is a drug developed by American researchers who may appear in the next 10 years on the market. Its basic formula contains a modified form of testosterone. “Our results suggest that this pill, which combines two hormonal activities into one, will decrease sperm production while conserving libido,” said biologist Christina Wang of the Los Angeles Biomedical Research Institute.