Say it ain’t so! Birth control for men??? Well it’s being developed right now…
Men could soon be able to take a version of the contraceptive Pill that has no side-effects, scientists claim.
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, with limited success.
Most of the drugs recently developed are jabs, not pills, and many contain steroids which have damaging side-effects including heart disease and impotence.
But unlike previous inventions, this one does not contain steroids and has not been shown to have any side-effects.
So far it has only been tested on mice, but scientists hope to carry out long-term studies on humans within a few years.
The pill, developed by researchers at Columbia University in New York, impairs the male body’s ability to use vitamin A, which is vital for the production of sperm.
Although vitamin A is also crucial for vision, the drug’s developers say it will not affect sight. They also claim a man would start producing sperm again almost as soon as he stopped taking the pill.