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Male contraceptive pill ‘step closer’ after mice studies

August 16, 2012
"These findings suggest that a reversible, oral male contraceptive may be possible."
- Dr James Bradner

Scientists believe they are a step closer in the difficult journey towards developing a male contraceptive pill, after successful studies in mice.

A contraceptive pill for women has been around for decades, but an equivalent for men has proved elusive.

A US study, published in the journal Cell, showed a drug could make mice temporarily infertile without hampering their sex drive.

Experts said the findings were "exciting", but needed tests in people.

It has been argued that the lack of a male contraceptive pill has contributed to the number of unplanned pregnancies.

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