TITLE

Male birth control

PUB. DATE
May 2006
SOURCE
New Scientist;5/6/2006, Vol. 190 Issue 2550, p7
SOURCE TYPE
Periodical
DOC. TYPE
Article
ABSTRACT
The article focuses on a clinical study which suggests that sperm levels shoot back to normal around three months after men stop taking experimental hormonal contraceptives, raising the prospect of a male contraceptive implant or patch in the near future. Christina Wang of the Harbor-UCLA Medical Center in Torrance, California, and her colleagues pooled data from 1549 men in 30 studies whose sperm counts dropped below 3 million sperm per millilitre while taking hormonal contraceptives. When male contraception arrives, it will most likely come in the form of a patch, topical gel or bi-monthly injection. Making a male birth control pill remains tricky because orally delivered testosterone can have serious side effects, such as liver damage.
ACCESSION #
20865253

 

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