Birth Control for Men?

"The vasectomies are done here in the office."

You heard right. Guys, this is the talk before the scalpel.

"We're willing to do it right now."

"We can't do it right now."

The guy in gold , Bill Bandiga has been married 25 years. He and his wife want no surprises.

"I'm close to 50 now. No way in heck I want to have any kids at this point. I want to make sure this is permanent."

"I wouldn't wait for the pill."

Urologist Larry Lipschultz like to joke but his colleague, Dr. Martin Matzuk is actually working on a breakthrough that could change birth control for men.

"You can see that there's lots of movement ..."

He's gladly watched mouse sperm wiggle for 25 years but what Dr. Martin Mazuk showed us in his Baylor College of Medicine lab is perhaps the most exciting research his department has ever seen.

"We would rank it in the top five -- maybe even the top two."

They are working on the first birth control pill for men. Others have tried but failed because of harmful side effects.

But research published in the Cell Medical Journal says JQ1 is different.

"I'll tell you what it didn't do, which is very important, it did not affect the libido of the animals."

"In the past, other pills have targeted hormones, but JQ1 targets germ cells, and so far in mice, side effects do not exist."

But will that success be the same for men? Researchers say yes.

"Safety, safety, safety, safety, safety!"

"What do you meant?"

"How it affects my hormone levels, reproductive organs, just everything."

"What kind of effect it will have on him ... If it's going to make anything different in that area?"

"In the mice, it didn't show that effect. But, again, this is only over a one-year period of time and men might be taking this for many years, even decades."

His research will continue and clinical trials could start in five years.

"Interesting idea -- I think for a younger male."

But for now, Bandiga is happy sticking with what he knows- even if it means vasectomy.

The Baylor researchers are not the only team working on a pill for men.


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