Men may soon be able to realize the dream of a birth control pill and be on par with women who have enjoyed the protection offered by contraceptive pills against unwanted pregnancies.
Vitamin A is necessary for sperm production. Recent research has found a compound which can interfere with the ability of the body to use Vitamin A. By using this compound to manipulate the use of Vitamin A, sperm production can either be stopped or started.
A study conducted on mice showed that an 8-16 week course with this compound interfered with the use of Vitamin A in mice which resulted in making them sterile.
Sperm production continued in the mice once they were taken off the compound. Further, there were no side-effects of this treatment including libido, which was normal.