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British scientists have invented a male birth control pill -- one men could take hours before a date -- writes Fiona MacRae in the Daily Mail:

The tablet would prevent a man from being able to impregnate a woman, but within a few hours his fertility would return to normal.

This would make it much more acceptable to men than other 'male pills' under development, which alter hormone levels and have to be taken over the long term.

It is also more likely to be trusted by women as they are not relying on their man having to remember to take his pill every day for it to work.

The hormone-free 'male pill' was inspired by two medicines already in use and so the scientists hope it could be on the market within as little as five years.

Experts believe it could transform family planning by allowing couples to share the responsibility for contraception - a role that traditionally falls to women.

The new contraceptive is likely to appeal to women who are uneasy about the female Pill's ability to raise the risk of strokes, heart attacks and potentially-fatal blood clots.

Critics argue, that men lack women's motivation to prevent pregnancy, making it hard for women to trust them to take a contraceptive pill.

Men who are smart should be equally doubting when it comes to trusting women to protect themselves. There's a name for men who aren't so doubting: It's "Daddy."

Posted by aalkon at November 27, 2006 10:30 AM

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Hopefully there will prove to be something safe and effective eventually. It still won't deal with disease, of course.
I think you reworked the line on women who use rhythm as birth control: mothers.

Posted by: opit at November 27, 2006 6:39 AM

It prevents ejaculation? Wouldn't that just create a chronic case of blue balls? Maybe they can market it as "Ejacu-later".

Posted by: eric at November 27, 2006 8:13 AM

Without ejaculation, how will we know when she should leave? Can we start to fake orgasms? So much to think about...

Posted by: eric at November 27, 2006 9:03 AM

Eric, I like you.

Posted by: crid at November 27, 2006 9:05 AM

Regarding any suspicions about me reworking the line about the rhythm method and mothers, I have a mind like a steel sieve. This one's mine.

Posted by: Amy Alkon at November 27, 2006 11:00 AM

I like you too Crid. In a Viking sorta way.

Posted by: eric at November 27, 2006 12:54 PM

The only thing more amusing on this thread than the witticisms being forwarded is the pitiable lack of reading comprehension displayed. Nowhere did the article say that it prevented ejaculation.

Oh, yeah. That's right. It didn't.

Posted by: Patrick at November 28, 2006 2:42 AM

Patrick, be *nice*.

Posted by: Crid at November 28, 2006 4:03 AM

Keep reading Patrick. From the (full) article:

The contraceptive was inspired by the observation that some drugs used to treat schizophrenia and high blood pressure also prevent ejaculation.

However, side-effects including dizziness and drowsiness mean these medicines could not be marketed as contraceptives.

After pinning down how the drugs stop ejaculation, the London researchers set about creating tablets that do the same thing but without the side-effects.

Already tested in the lab, it is hoped human trials will start shortly and the pill on the market within the next five years.

Guess it will only be an apology you have to swallow.

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