Scientists One Step Closer to Male Contraceptive Pill
Scientists believe they have isolated the gene directly responsible for sperm development. This gene, Katnal1, could be the key to developing a non-hormonal pill that acts as a contraceptive for males. Currently, the only medical option for men is the permanent and surgical vasectomy.
Scientists at the Centre for Reproductive Health at the University of Edinburg were initially investigating male infertility. In the course of their research, they discovered the gene which illustrates the protein which supports the full development of healthy sperm. Without this protein, sperm will not develop beyond its initial stages.
This discovery illuminates the potential to isolate the protein in some way without causing permanent damage to the testes, as Katnal1 does not affect the ability of the testes to produce sperm, only their later development.
Much research has yet to be done, but this is a huge breakthrough in determining how to create a contraceptive pill for men.