Researchers at the University of Minnesota are developing a reversible male birth control pill, according to the Minnesota Daily.
Called "gamendazole," the drug is being worked on by a team of scientists led by Gunda Georg, head of the College of Pharmacy Department of Medicinal Chemistry. Georg said the drug will be a reversible alternative to permanent vasectomies. Men will be able to take the pill to temporarily minimize fertility and can regain fertility if they stop taking it. Researchers plan to request approval from the Food and Drug Administration to test the drug in a clinical setting. Georg said the drug has to be completely free of side-effects, such as potential sperm damage, before being released onto the market. The drug has shown effectiveness in tests on rats, rabbits and non-human primates.