With the discovery of male contraceptive pills, the role of taking the burden of maintaining reversible infertility is solely of the women. It promotes shared responsibility of building a healthy family.
It was five decades ago when the female birth control pill was discovered. It paved way to revolutionize female sexuality and women’s liberation movement. For five decades, it served as a way in controlling unwanted pregnancy, but recently, there is an increasing number of women who have experienced various side effects of these pills. These side effects vary depending on how the body would react to the extra hormones introduced to the body. The most common ones would include mood swings, weight gain, breast tenderness, nausea, headache, etc. Furthermore, it’s been proven that it is not 100% effective.
Finally, a new option of contraception is almost ready to come out of the market. Recent studies by Professor Haim Breitbart in Israel’s Bar-Ilan University last June, 2010 established the possibility of using Dihydropyridine Calcium Channel Blocker such as nifedipine. It causes reversible infertility by altering the metabolism of sperm cells. The drug would stop protein production in the sperm cells by inhibiting the messenger RNA; without the protein synthesis in the sperm cells, they won’t be able to survive the environment of the uterus. When the drug was tested on mice, it showed effectiveness with no accompanying side effects. The pill will be called the “Bright Pill”.
(An image of Professor Haim Breitbart)
Another drug on study would include Adjudin (a non-toxic analog of lonidamine) that disrupts the junction between Sertoli cells. It promotes production of immature non-functional sperms.