Scientists Create Birth Control Pill for Men: Genius or Unnecessary?

mrosen814 2012/08/17 21:00:00
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A study published Friday from the journal Cell describes an experimental drug that is effectively a birth control pill... for men. Well, male mice, for now. When this drug was tested daily on male mice, it "reduced their sperm count so much that the animals were rendered effectively infertile. When the drug was stopped, sperm counts and quality were restored and the mice were able to sire healthy offspring."

In a commentary that accompanies the study, Dr. William Bremner of the University of Washington in Seattle shares their optimism. He called the drug "an exciting new approach to male contraception." Do you think birth control pills for men is genius -- or unnecessary?

LATIMES.COM reports:
Scientists develop a birth control pill for males that works in mice and is completely reversible, study finds.
develop birth pill males works mice completely reversible study finds

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  • sglmom 2012/08/17 23:22:28
    Long past the time where EACH party ..
    contributing biological content ..
    is RESPONSIBLE for any results (or prevention of pregnancy) ..
    What would be even better ..
    is if there was more emphasis on the RESPONSIBILITY of being actual ADULTS ..
    and not rutting animals ..
    (even the livestock doesn't breed indiscriminately .. )

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  • niki 2012/08/22 20:42:22
    Yes now we can have men be responsible for sex too!
  • Clare Marie 2012/08/22 20:27:45
    Clare Marie
    Finally, a new break in technology! This is so awesome..
  • ziad 2012/08/22 19:45:28
    The man does not need to pills for women only
  • Rick Armin 2012/08/22 19:30:28
    Rick Armin
    I only knew one man who had a baby and that was back in the days before phone systems were automated. He was dating a telephone operator and she reversed the charges.
  • Katherine 2012/08/22 16:29:07
    I guess illegal aliens will be paying for our social security benefits in the future. What's with the hatred towards babies, marriage, responsibility and nature these days.
  • debhead Katherine 2012/08/26 15:08:00
    No hatred towards babies. I bet not every married woman wants to get pregnant when making love with her husband. Birth control is being responsible.
  • Safury 2012/08/22 16:10:36
    It would be ingenious, except for the fact that men won't take them.
  • BlackSouth 2012/08/22 15:56:02
    I think that they are great.
  • squire 2012/08/22 15:16:51
    only if you want it, like anything else
  • Dydy 2012/08/22 14:41:38
    Genius! Now both partners are more protected and less chances of unplanned pregnancy!
  • Andrea 2012/08/22 14:21:23
    They won't use it anymore than women use theirs. Why should they when abortions can be had on every street corner?
  • A Lionh... Andrea 2012/08/23 06:35:11
    A Lionheart
    Because they can't moron, in Mississippi there is only one place to get legal abortions and they have to fly a Dr in from out of state, hardly any corner moron.
  • Andrea A Lionh... 2012/08/23 10:01:01
    One place in the entire state of Mississippi? Good for them. About damn time. Now all you lazy, irresponsible idiots will either start using birth control or actually have to take responsibility for yourselves.
  • A Lionh... Andrea 2012/08/24 00:13:18
    A Lionheart
    You know nothing about me, don't pretend you do. Go back to your hate filled echo chamber.
  • Chick 2012/08/22 10:57:05
    What's good for the goose is good for the gander!! It's about time men take the birth control pill.We are all equal,especially when it comes to both Men and Women taking the pill.Us women need a break..LOL..and not to mention the side effects we may suffer.For you Men out there..if you take it,they won't garnish your paycheck for child support..just sayin..
  • Crank_It_Up 2012/08/22 05:16:22
    birth control? not needed, according to Todd Akin, all we have to do is "legitimately rape"
    todd akin cartoon
  • ancientmath 2012/08/22 04:33:20
    What took so long?
  • fightingquip 2012/08/22 04:10:04
    More pills? No thanks.
  • ancient... fightin... 2012/08/22 04:32:51
    Just make the women do it, eh?
  • fightin... ancient... 2012/08/22 19:38:40
    Where in "More Pills? No thanks." did you see any insinuation that I meant just make women do it? I would love to know.
  • A Lionh... fightin... 2012/08/23 06:36:51
    A Lionheart
    You implied that you, as a male, wouldn't. Therefore the woman must. Get it?
  • fightin... A Lionh... 2012/09/03 16:39:06
    Actually, what I was implying is that we, Americans, are on enough pills as it is. Every time you turn around there is a new drug being advertised with a side effect list the length of a novel. So what I really meant was that, no thank you, but we (as in men and women) don't need any more pills from the ever-so-trustworthy pharmaceutical industry. Was never a fan of female birth control pills either. Get it?
  • A Lionh... fightin... 2012/09/03 21:40:13
    A Lionheart
    Got it.
  • ancient... fightin... 2012/08/28 10:05:48
    Exactly what A.Lionheart said.
  • fightin... ancient... 2012/09/03 16:38:45
    Actually, what I was implying is that we, Americans, are on enough pills as it is. Every time you turn around there is a new drug being advertised with a side effect list the length of a novel. So what I really meant was that, no thank you, but we (as in men and women) don't need any more pills from the ever-so-trustworthy pharmaceutical industry. Was never a fan of female birth control pills either.
  • ancient... fightin... 2013/08/12 23:28:59
    You seem biased on whether we need more or not...perhaps I'm wrong. But given that the current pills are relatively safe (always exceptions, of course) and the new pill would also be relatively safe (exceptions always), I answer the question as genius rather than unnecessary...actually may even argue more than necessary considering the societal acceptance that 'boys will be boys' and promiscuity is encouraged among young men while it is discouraged on a whole for women taken to charges of being "paid for having sex" as charged by the popular radio show host when it comes to basic health care coverage.
  • Caue Rego 2012/08/22 04:04:13
    Caue Rego
    Unnecessary would be giving yet another birth on this planet.
  • ajracestables1 2012/08/22 03:54:12
    They need to protect thereselves as well as women. Condoms don't always work, they can break.
  • lin20 ajraces... 2012/08/22 08:42:15
    true condoms break and accidental pregnancy happens
  • FPSRules 2012/08/22 02:38:01
    Unfortunately, the people who are pumping out children like Detroit used to pump out cars, won't bother to use them because government hand-outs are too lucrative. It's just too bad they couldn't come up with a 'morality' pill.
  • A Lionh... FPSRules 2012/08/23 06:39:31
    A Lionheart
    You mean christians?

  • Ramón 2012/08/22 02:36:04
    Let me see... female birth control has horrible side effects ranging from pregnancy (oops) to
    Having a constant feeling of nausea

    Morning sickness

    Irregular menstrual cycles

    Loose bowel and bloating

    Mood swings


    Depression (in rare cases)

    Irregular vaginal discharges and increased susceptibility to infections as the changes in hormonal levels affect the endometrial tissue in a deleterious manner.

    Tenderness of breasts

    Loss of libido

    Hypertension and changes in the lipid profiles

    Increased fluid retention attributing on some level towards weight gain

    Decreased calcium retention in kidneys leading to bone loss and osteoporosis

    Hair and follicular changes are also seen.

    Yeah. I want that.
  • lin20 Ramón 2012/08/22 08:43:43
    what would be the side effects on male then
    tender pen#$
    and the list goes on?
  • Ramón lin20 2012/08/28 00:17:12
    Wake up one morning to find it crawling away? I dunno but testing in mice almost never results in good effects on humans. They need clinical testing, it needs to be reversible, and not damage DNA.
  • Peggy 2012/08/22 02:12:14
    I think men should have the opportunity to be responsible. Not sure I would trust them but nice to know they have the choice.
  • Pianocam 2012/08/22 02:11:23
    It sounds good. But, the word was reduced. Isn't there still a slim chance that the woman may become pregnant, but it still seems like a very good idea.
  • shygurl 2012/08/21 22:35:49
    love the idea itll be safer
  • bigfoot 2012/08/21 22:32:44
    Totally unnecessary.RWNJ males,therefore every American male by Law would only perform the act with the intent of reproduction.
  • Deep007 2012/08/21 21:52:23
    now we control OUR destiny... Females are in BIG trouble..lol
  • sheilaa... Deep007 2012/08/22 06:02:14
    But true! I know so many young girls get prego, just to hold a man....It doesn't work, but they always think it will :/

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