Men! The responsibility for whether you have children or not could soon be completely upon you. According to scientists from Airlangga University in Indonesia, a male contraceptive pill derived from the plant Justicia gendarussa is ‘99% effective,’ meaning that the responsibility of birth control may soon no longer lie solely with women…not that it should. However, remember guys, Inhabitat believes in safe sex, so please still use protection!
According to Global News, tribesmen on the island of Papua have long used a tea made from the Justicia gendarussa shrub to prevent pregnancy, but only now has it been trialed on the wider population. “It’s 99 percent effective,” says Bambang Prajogo, the research project’s lead scientist, who has been heading a team made up of people from the government’s National Family Planning Coordination Board and Airlangga University.
The male birth control pill has long been talked about, but has been waiting for successful clinical trials before it is released to the general population. However, now the research team believe that it could be as soon as 2016 that the pill is released on the Indonesian market.
The gendarussa plant works by disrupting an enzyme in the sperm head, which weakens the ability of the sperm to penetrate the ovum. The effect is short term and reversible and has no effect on male hormones. In some instances test participants even reported increased libido — so it could be the pill and Viagra all in one!
While Indonesian men (and women) might benefit from the pill by as soon as 2016, it could take longer to spread out to the rest of the world, depending on whether Indonesian research meets international protocols. However, to date, no Western organizations have been involved with the pill’s production, so FDA approval could be several years away.
Until then, men, if you’re going to rock, make sure you first roll!
via Global News