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'Nasal Spray' Male Pill Could Be A Reality In The Next Five Years

'The results are startling and almost instant.'

24/10/2016 13:05 | Updated 24 October 2016

The male pill could become a reality for your sex life in the next five years, as scientists have made a contraceptive breakthrough.

In most heterosexual couples, women take the lead in preventing potential pregnancies. But increasingly many are concerned about the long-term effects of such hormonal solutions.

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But all that could be a thing of the past as new research from the University of Wolverhampton have found a way to ‘switch off’ sperm.

For decades, scientists have been working on a way to temporarily alter male fertility and a new pill could be the answer as it has been shown to halt sperm’s ability to swim, rendering it useless.

This peptide-based treatment, which acts as a ‘Trojan horse’ invades cells and turns off sperm almost instantly.

Because of this, the pill could be taken right before sex (in a form such as nasal spray or pill) and the effects last up to a couple of days, rather than in conjunction with a monthly cycle like female pills. 

Professor John Howl said: “The results are startling – and almost instant. When you take healthy sperm and add our compound, within a few minutes the sperm basically cannot move.”

If everything goes to plan, the male pill could be on the shelves by 2021.

Whether or not it will have a high take-up is still uncertain, with many citing women’s lack of confidence in male partners to take the pill.

Evidence supporting men’s interest in the pill is also sporadic, with a 2011 study by Anglia Ruskin University polling 54 men in a town in England, with 26 saying they would take the pill. 

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