Scientists Make Big Discovery With Male Birth Control Pill
That’s right, the days of women bearing the burden of birth control may soon be over, or at least things will be a little more balanced.
A new study from Monash University in Parkville, Australia, discovered a natural ingredient that might impede sperm movement, and you’ll never guess what it is.
We’re going to grope in the dark and say that you probably didn’t have “nettle” on your male contraceptive bingo card, although that would be a pretty weird bingo card in the first place.
Still, according to researchers at Monash University, it works — at least in rats.
The study was conducted by Dr. Sab Ventura directed and published by the Plus one Journal, finding that: “In mouse mating studies, nettle leaf extract (50 mg po daily) reduced male fertility by 53 percent compared to vehicle-treated male mice.”
According to the study, the goal was to find a natural alternative to hormonal birth control, and it seems like that pesky plant that makes your skin itchy could be the solution.
However, we would like to point out that nettle is taken as part of a pill and not used topically in case anyone gets the incredibly stupid idea of trying it themselves.
While there is still a long way to go before stinging nettle could become part of a male contraceptive: “Once isolated and identified, it may have potential as a drug-like lead compound, allowing the synthesis of an orally active, potent small molecule compound for use in combination with.” Tamsulosin (a drug typically used to treat an enlarged prostate) to develop a male contraceptive.”
Additionally, “it has been suggested that the use of selective antagonists” such as nettle “to induce male contraception would be well tolerated,” which is always nice to hear.
The leader of the study, Dr. Ventura said the findings would have a massive impact on the contraceptive industry.
“Unfortunately, there is a widespread perception that birth control is more a woman’s problem than a man’s problem.
“The research conducted by Male Contraceptive Initiative shows that the majority of men are willing to take contraception into their own hands – we just have to give them the opportunity to do so.”
And hopefully the study is a significant step forward in balancing who bears the burden of birth control.