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Male Contraceptive Pill Found To Be 99% Effective In Mice. Human Trials Will Start Later This Year.
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Male Contraceptive Pill Found To Be 99% Effective In Mice. Human Trials Will Start Later This Year.

The pill will be revolutionary as men have limited options available when it comes to preventing unwanted pregnancies.

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Scientists in the United States are working hard on developing a non-hormonal male contraceptive pill.

The pill has so far worked on mice in clinical trials and will be going for human trials soon. University of Minnesota researchers presented their findings at the American Chemical Society's Spring 2022 meeting in San Diego, California last month. The pill's advantage is that it does not target the male hormone, testosterone, hence avoiding risks of side effects that have prevented any form of male contraception from being popularized among the population, reports Vice.

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Abdullah al Noman, one of the researchers, said at the conference, "Most female birth control pills work on the female sex hormones." He added, "[But] targeting the male sex hormone leads to a lot of side effects such as weight gain, depression and increased risk of cardiovascular diseases." He said that despite the target risk of unwanted pregnancies, men are not likely to take contraception that has significant side effects.