Male Contraceptive Hormone May Soon Be In The Market: Chemistry World
There’s a running joke among researchers that a male contraceptive has been between five years and 0 years away for decades, Chemistry World reported.
Photo Insert: NES/T – a hormone-based gel that men rub on their shoulders daily – is in phase 2 trials in the US.
But attitudes to sex, contraception, and, especially in the US, abortion are changing, and there’s growing demand for drugs that block sperm production or make them ineffective.
NES/T – a hormone-based gel that men rub on their shoulders daily – is in phase 2 trials in the US, and there are promising results so far. There are efforts to target other aspects of sperm production and function to create non-hormone contraceptives, but these are much less advanced.
Many previous attempts have been scuppered by physical and mental side effects. While some of these side effects may be no more serious than those women have endured since contraceptive pills were introduced in the 1960s, regulatory standards have certainly been raised since then.
So, getting new contraceptives to the market is a challenge, but success should ultimately have impact both in healthcare and socially, Chemistry World, which is published by the Royal Chemical Society of the UK, concluded.