Birth Control For Men Is Coming

sperm can take a back seat

illustration by liz riccardi

Since the beginning of time, women have been alloted a variety of birth control options to choose from: the pill, diaphragm, the sponge, implant, abstinence... While we continue to watch middle-aged men in Congress debate the government funding of Planned Parenthood, it sometimes seems like the most we can expect men to do is wear a condom. Alas, in 2015 the male species can finally do more than "wrap it before they tap it."

Scientists at Osaka University have been testing a drug that inhibits calcineurin—a protein for male fertility that can only be found in sperm—on mice. After managing to isolate the calcineurin in the testes, the scientists created a treatment that hinges the sperm's flexibility. In other words, sperm are prevented from rapidly moving upstream and penetrating the female egg.

No word on when this contraceptive will be available, but it's a development that is definitely worth the wait. 

(via Teen Vogue)