Whoa—this new form of birth control just might solve so many of the issues we face where contraception is concerned.
There's no shortage of female contraceptive medicines—but there's also no shortage of complications that go hand-in-hand with many of them. Anyone who has gone off birth control knows it can take weeks, even months, before your body recalibrates. So what if we told you that there was a new method in the works, one that would temporarily shut off its user's fertility and act almost instantly?
Scientists from Wolverhampton University have identified a breakthrough that could lead to a groundbreaking method of medical contraception: And unlike so many pills on the market, this one would be taken by men.
Scientists identified a peptide that alters the way human cells work—according to their findings, this could stop sperm from swimming. But here's why the finding is so game-changing: The effect would be practically instant, meaning a man could take this form of birth control hours, maybe even minutes, before sex. More importantly, the effect is very temporary, and would likely wear off in a matter of days. It's a perfect option for couples who want to delay pregnancy for a bit without losing their ability to conceive in the future.
“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. This is a totally unique approach. Nobody else has ever done this before,” lead researcher Professor John Howl told Telegraph.
This method may appear in the form of a pill—or it could work via a nasal spray or sub-skin implant. Whatever the case may be, this represents a non-hormonal option...so to all the women out there who have experienced the bloating, moodiness or nausea associated with birth control, rejoice. All that might soon be a thing of the past—at least if scientists are able to follow through with this breakthrough.