Is there male birth control besides condoms yet?
A birth control pill for men called JQ1 has so far been successful in suppressing sperm production in male mice. It essentially makes the body temporarily “forget” how to make sperm by blocking a protein required for production.
Researchers say the pill is ground breaking because it will not cause male hormone levels or libido levels to fluctuate , fertility levels will be reversible, and it will have no effect on future potential offspring.
Another non-hormonal birth control method in the works for men is called gamendazole. Like JQ1, it temporarily stops sperm production. Scientists behind it say they will ask for permission from the Food and Drug Administration to begin clinical trials in humans soon as testing on animals has already been extensive conducted.
Unfortunately, neither of these methods will be able to prevent STI transmission, but doctors are confident that we can expect some form of non-hormonal male birth control at the pharmacy in the next 5 to 10 years.