Tuesday, February 28, 2012

WOULD YOU TAKE THE PILL?

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 "Men who consumed a pill containing 
gamendazole would essentially shoot blanks," 
  Joseph Tash
Researcher
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I think it would be a fair statement to say that more women take responsibility for birth control than men. A male birth control pill would allow men to share more evenly the burden of contraception — as well as any attendant health risks.

 A CBC story today  ask the question would you try a male contraceptive pill?  Currently, men have just two main choices: condoms or vasectomies. Would men even be willing to take a pill? I would If it did not affect sexual function and it’s reversible.

Many past attempts at male birth control have thus fallen short .Previous research on male contraceptives has mostly involved hormone treatments, which have potential side effects like loss of sex drive and prostate problems, and typically have to be administered by injection rather than a pill.

Last fall, research from Columbia University raised  the  prospect of a male birth control pill. The key to that pill was  vitamin A, which is necessary for the growth of sperm cells. Vitamin A is crucial for vision and the immune system, and isolating the appropriate component of action has taken time.

Now researchers at the University of Kansas School of Medicine say they're ready to begin testing a male contraceptive pill.

 Joseph Tash, a reproductive biologist, and his team have been working with fH2-gamendazole, a chemical compound that prevents sperm from forming in the testes, the St. Paul Pioneer Press reported. Their work has aproven safe in rabbits, mice, rats and monkeys,.

FDA approval is perhaps a decade away, the paper reported.

Would you take a male contraceptive pill?

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