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Male contraceptive pill: Olive-based medication for men AND women coming to the market

May 16, 2017 1:47 PM
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Male contraceptive pill: Olive-based medication for men AND women coming to the market

MEDICAL contraception methods and morning after pills are currently only available to women, but a new unisex alternative could soon be available to be taken by both men and women Dr Chris Steele revealed on today’s This Morning.

The morning after pill - known as emergency contraception - can prevent pregnancy after unprotected sex or if your contraceptive method has failed.

At present, it can only be taken by women, and is designed to prevent or delay the release of an egg.

However, Dr Chris Steele has revealed that a unisex pill for the same purpose is on the horizon.

He joined This Morning hosts Phillip Schofield and Holly Willoughby to discuss the latest health news.

“Olives reduce sperm fertility because they contain a chemical which suppresses activity and strength of the sperm tail, preventing it from reaching the egg."

“This pill would be for both men and women, and can be taken up to five hours after unprotected sex,” said Dr Chris.

“Olives reduce sperm fertility because they contain a chemical which suppresses activity and strength of the sperm tail, preventing it from reaching the egg.

Researchers at the University of Berkeley told press the contraceptive could be available within two years for women to take before or after sex, and within four years for men.

Co-author Dr Polina Lishko said: "It is not toxic to sperm cells - they still can move. But they cannot develop this powerful stroke, because this whole activation pathway is shut down. This is a potentially safer morning after pill, regular pill, and a future male contraceptive.

Source: express.co.uk

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