It was only a matter of time, the male birth control pill might be around the corner. As many discoveries in science are a accidents; such as Viagra “testing sildenafil, the active drug in Viagra, as a cardiovascular drug and for its ability to lower blood pressure”. So its seem with this new development with molecule JQ1
Researchers at the Dana Farber Cancer Institute proved this to be the case today when they released a new study on the molecule JQ1. While the molecule didn’t have the cancer-fighting properties that researchers hoped it would, it did demonstrate some other interesting qualities. Namely, it interfered with the formation of sperm, making it an excellent candidate for a reversible means of birth control for men, and the first that could be delivered in a simple pill.
The molecule being tested, JQ1, short circuits production of a hormone, BRDT, in the testes. While the BRDT hormone doesn’t seem to have any function in cancer formation, it is a major player in the formation and maturation of healthy sperm. Lab tests in mice showed that animals treated with JQ1 not only produced less sperm, the sperm that were produced were slower swimmers than those found in untreated mice.
While the results may be promising, clinical trials are still needed in order to prove the drug’s effectiveness against human sperm. The compound still needs to be tweaked in order for it to become a candidate for oral administration, but so far the outlook is good.
Of course, this isn’t the first time a drug has been found to be ineffective for its promised purpose, and then discovered to be a suitable solution to a different medical condition. Sildenafil — known more commonly by the trade name Viagra — was first tested in treating symptoms of heart disease. The clinical trials showed that while Sildenafil’s effectiveness against heart disease was minimal, the men who tested it were affected in an entirely different way.
So ladies no rejoicing yet, but very soon maybe asking him, “Are you on the pill”