Male contraceptive taken shortly before sex shows promise, say scientists

Study in mice suggests drug could temporarily stop sperm moving by blocking critical protein

When it comes to contraception, men may finally have a greater choice than a condom or vasectomy, with a study in mice released this week suggesting it may be possible to develop a pill that could be taken shortly before sex.

With what some have described as a “global epidemic” of unplanned pregnancies, and surveys suggesting many men hold positive views about a potential “male pill”, it seems to be fertile ground.

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