Whilst you might claim the future isn’t here until you can download wine through a computer screen, big steps are being taken in the right direction after scientists have created a new male contraceptive pill, which stops sperm from being able to swim.
According to the Mail on Sunday, male contraception is closer than ever before, after researchers at Wolverhampton University and Portuguese scientists created a pill – or nasal spray (more about that later – which is taken just minutes before sex, and can be effective for days afterwards.
It works because the contraceptive is a ‘cell-penetrating peptide compound’, which smuggles itself into sperm and then stopping them from swimming – making them unable to fertilise eggs.
Professor John Howl, who is heading up the project, said of the breakthrough: “The results are startling – and almost instant. When you take healthy sperm and add our compound, within a few minutes the sperm basically cannot move.”
But don’t get too ahead of yourself, because the male pill is still in the testing stage, and won’t be readily available until 2021.
So far, it’s thrown up a lot of questions about whether or not it’s reliable and can be compared to the female contraceptive pill – especially when you consider it being taken in nasal spray form.
But, if scientists continue their developments and the male contraceptive pill does become an everyday prescription, downloading wine won’t be far behind, right?