Male birth control pill gets closer to reality. It’s about time

By Lisa Jarvis

14 Feb 2023 · 5 min read

Editor's Note

For decades, the burden of contraception has fallen on women. Bloomberg reports on research that aims to transfer the responsibility to men, in the form of a contraceptive pill.

Researchers at Weill Cornell Medicine have devised a drug that temporarily renders sperm immobile, thereby preventing pregnancy. The catch? So far, they've only done it in mice. But if they can translate the finding into a treatment for humans - and that's still a distant goal - it could mean men could pop a pill and enjoy a few carefree hours, maybe even a weekend, during which they are safeguarded from creating unwanted pregnancies.

Think of it as Viagra, but for birth control.

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