There have been a lot of new developments in the world of birth control as of late. Now women are able to get refills聽on-demand via the Nurx delivery app, and in Oregon, the pill can now be prescribed without a visit to the doctor. In the world of male contraception, however, the long-awaited birth control pill has been a near-reality for ages. Researchers have been steadily working on finding one or several effective methods聽for quite some time now. Back in 2014,聽scientists successfully rendered three male baboons infertile for six months using an injectable polymer gel called Vasalgel. But in the world of hormonal contraception, it鈥檚 been awhile since we鈥檝e heard about any new developments.聽The world was starting to give up hope鈥 until now.


Researchers at the聽University of Minnesota鈥檚 College of Pharmacy revealed exciting new findings in at the聽American Chemical Society鈥檚 national meeting this past weekend in San Diego, California. The news is definitely very promising 鈥 and like many medical innovations, it was discovered by accident. Back in the 鈥80s, certain chemical compounds had been tested to treat skin conditions, but one side effect halted the study: The compound resulted in a vitamin A deficiency that then led to temporary sterility.

According to聽Forbes, 鈥淲hen they were rediscovered in the early 2000s, early tests with animals found they blocked sperm production, were safe, and when researchers stopped administering them, sperm production resumed.鈥 Trouble was, when this compound was used in oral form in an experiment, it was ineffective. But head researcher on the study, medicinal chemist, Gunda Georg and her graduate student, Jillian Kyzer haven鈥檛 given up. They recently found a breakthrough by tweaking the chemical compounds, swapping out sections for other pieces better suited for oral consumption.聽Forbes reports the聽team has discovered a ring-shaped segment they鈥檝e dubbed the pyrrole that鈥檚 yielding promising results, but they have yet to reveal exactly what this section entails as patents are still pending.

Despite this awesome new discovery, it may still take a while before we鈥檒l see anything hit the market. But hooray for more options!

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