KANSAS CITY, Kan. (CNN) – Researchers at the University of Kansas Medical Center are conducting a clinical trial for a form of male birth control.
While the idea may seem far-fetched, scientists seem to be closer than ever to making it happen.
Since 1960, the pressure of not getting pregnant has fallen on the shoulders of women. Now it’s being put on men literally.
The experimental gel is designed to be rubbed on a man’s shoulder daily. It’s supposed to decrease sperm count to a point where chance of pregnancy is zero.
Dr. Ajay Nagia, director of Male Reproductive Health at University of Kansas says the gel is mix of testosterone and progesterone. “It is a hormonal therapy,” he said.
Nagia says men using the gel would retian their sex drive and when they’re ready to have kids, their sperm count should return to normal.
It’s a first of its kind. “Men only have vasectomy and condoms, the world has changed,” Nagia said.
KU is looking for serious couples to take part in the experimental phase. Those qualifying have to be open to the ideas of kids and have dated for at least a year. That’s because in clinical trials the product isn’t guaranteed to work, so one may end up pregnant.
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