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Scientists Are One Step Closer to Producing Male Contraceptive — Would You Trust Your Man to Take It?

In 1965, women were blessed with a little thing called birth control. This daily miracle pill allowed ladies to enjoy the same sexual freedoms as men without the fear of welcoming a baby into the world. In a word: liberating!

Today, "the pill" exists in various forms — arm implants, IUDs, vaginal rings, etc. — but one type of contraceptive has yet to be invented, and that's male birth control. But according to scientists, all that could change in the next few years …

Researchers are working tirelessly to crack the code on male birth control, which could open the doors to a sexual revolution for a whole new generation of women.

Scientists from a number of research institutions, including University of Cambridge in the UK, have proven that manipulation of certain protein can hinder a sperm's swimming ability by reducing the size of its tail, thus making it increasingly difficult for the sperm to reach the egg and fertilize it. In addition, the protein decreases the number of overall sperm being produced.

But before you start burning your bras and shouting, "I am woman, hear me roar!" you should hear the downside.

This protein, called RABL2, exists in other areas of the body — the brain, liver, and kidneys — so scientists must find a way to trigger changes only in the sperm. Probably a little more difficult than it sounds.

Sigh … one small step for man, one potentially giant leap for womankind.

If it were a viable option, would you trust your man to take it every day? Or do you think women should carry the sole responsibility of family planning? Tell us your thoughts on male birth control below.

Source: Monash University

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10.11.2012 / 08:35 PM EDT by Lindsay Dreyer
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