A Birth Control Pill For Men Could Start Human Trials This Year
A new male contraceptive is on the horizon. University of Minnesota researchers say they’ve created a non-hormonal form of male birth control, but the research is only preliminary. They say it works by targeting how our bodies interact with vitamin A, which is known to be essential to fertility in mammals. The hope is their finding would be enough to induce long-lasting but reversible sterility with few side effects elsewhere in the body. They say the research looks promising so far in trials with mice, but that “clinical trials are the definitive test for the safety of any drug candidate.” If things go according to plan, researchers hope to start early-stage clinical trials in people by the later half of this year.