Are Birth Control Pills for Men Really a Thing? They Could Be Soon

Could it be? A birth control pill for men at last?  Japanese researchers indeed may have finally discovered the formula needed for male birth control pills, made of Cyclosporine A and FK506, which researchers previously noted work to suppress the development and motility of sperm by preventing an enzyme called calcineurin. Can the proteins, PPP3CC and PPP3R2, in calcineurin serve as a contraceptive for mice? A team at Osaka University’s Research Institute for Microbial Diseases was curious to find out, so they had female mice have sex with the male mice, and the results showed that no pregnancies occurred, which, after a series of tests, was found to be the result of the sperm of the male mice could not penetrate the zona pellucida, which is the membrane surrounding the female egg. Why so? The sperms cells weren't able to wag their tails well enough as normal sperm due to lack of flexibility. The step that followed was to provide cyclosporine A and FK506 to normal mice, because the drugs inhibit the enzyme containing PPP3CC and PPP3R2. The results further proved infertility during treatment. "Considering these results in mice, sperm calcineurin may be a target for reversible and rapidly acting human male contraceptives," the team of researches wrote. This potential pill for men would be non-invasive and non-hormonal, unlike the existing female birth controls, which come with a variety of side effects. What do you think of these findings? Source: Elite Daily Do you follow us on Instagram? [caption id="attachment_112398" align="alignnone" width="100"]snapchat code @BodyRockTV[/caption]

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