Scientists have just discovered that a compound originally meant to treat cancer could actually lead to the real-life creation of a unicorn: the male birth control pill. The researchers report that the compound, known as JQ1, holds the promise of a reversible form of male birth control. It's the pill but for dudes.
Sex without condoms! Sex without condoms! Of course, the compound doesn't prevent or cure any STDs but sex without condoms! James Bradner of the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute and lead author of the study says:
"This compound produces a rapid and reversible decrease in sperm count and motility with profound effects on fertility"
Which basically means: sperm count and sperm movement decreases enough that males can't impregnate anybody. JQ1 works by targeting a protein in the testis called BRDT that is essential for fertility. Inhibiting the BRDT, inhibits your ability to make babies. The researchers have confirmed that JQ1 works effectively in mice and that the desired effects are complete, reversible and don't come with any side effects. This contraceptive method is a breakthrough for sex without condoms. [Science Daily, Image Credit: AXL/Shutterstock]