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A pill, which was initially researched to be considered as a treatment for cancer, has emerged as a contraceptive for male. This pill has been found effective in blocking the production of sperm.
A team of researchers at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute in Boston was carrying out a series of experiments on mice to test the efficiency of the compound, JQ1, in treating cancer. However, the compound failed to prove it’s worth as a cure for cancer, but it was discovered that it was capable of blocking the formation of sperm in male mice.
The research published in the journal Cell, highlighted that the group of mice, those of who, were subjected to the compound, was administered to be having a lower sperm count and even the mobility was lower than the group of male mice that was not given the pill.
Researchers confirmed that the pill had no influence on the testosterone production, neither did it affect the mating behavior nor it raised any concerns over the health of newly born baby. Moreover, after the intake of the pill was discontinued, the sperm count was administered to have become normal.
Dr. James Bradner, of the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute in Boston, said, “These findings suggest that a reversible, oral male contraceptive may be possible”.