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This Scientific Breakthrough Brings Us One Step Closer to a World With a Male Birth Control Pill

This Scientific Breakthrough Brings Us One Step Closer to a World With a Male Birth Control Pill

Can you imagine a world in which a man's sperm can be "switched off" in order to prevent it from swimming? A world in which men can take a contraceptive pill that will keep women from getting pregnant, a male alternative to condoms and vasectomies?

Dream no more, ladies and gentlemen. British scientists have made a huge breakthrough in this ongoing research by finding "the secret of making men temporarily infertile."

As worrisome as this may sound — as paralyzing sperm is a very big deal — it is a discovery unlike any made before. Essentially, the development of the potential creation of a "fast-acting pill or a nasal spray that a man could take hours or perhaps just minutes before sex" is predicted to wear off within days, once again allowing men to become fertile.

According to Professor John Howl of Wolverhampton University, lead researcher on the topic, "The results are startling – and almost instant. When you take healthy sperm and add our compound, within a few minutes the sperm basically cannot move."

So, believe it or not, the idea of a male "pill" is not that much of a stretch anymore. It could actually happen sooner than you think.

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