08 Jun '11, 3am

Contraceptive pills that temporarily stop sperm production in men could be developed soon: Report

Contraceptive pills that temporarily stop sperm production in men could be developed soon: Report

A posed photo of a man popping pills into his mouth. Contraceptives for men could be developed soon, according to scientists at Columbia University -- ST PHOTO ILLUSTRATION: WANG HUI FEN CONTRACEPTIVE pills for men could be developed soon, Daily Mail reported on Tuesday. Scientists at Columbia University in New York claimed that they have developed 'a drug which temporarily stops sperm production without causing any long-term harm to male fertility.' Scientists have been trying to come up with a male equivalent of the pill for years, but have not yet succeeded. The new pill impairs the male body's ability to use vitamin A, which is vital for the production of sperm. It has so far only been tested on mice. But scientists hope to carry out long-term studies on humans within a few years, the report said. Most similar drugs recently developed are jabs, not pills, and many cont...

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