The first hormone-free male contraceptive pill could be a reality in the next five to 10 years thanks to Australian scientists.
Researchers at the Monash Institute of Pharmaceutical Sciences are currently developing a hormone-free pill that would work by blocking the transportation of sperm during ejaculation.
“We are moving closer to developing a convenient, safe and effective, non-hormonal oral male contraceptive that can be readily reversed," Dr Ventura told AAP.
"We aim to do this by developing a combination of two drugs that simultaneously block sperm transport rather than disrupt sperm development or maturation."
The researchers say the drug would bypass side effects often caused by interfering with male hormones, such as irreversible fertility effects and birth defects in future offspring. It would also have no impact on libido and sexual activity.
According to The Courier Mail, previous efforts to create a male contraceptive pill has been focussed on hormonal targets or mechanisms that produce sperm incapable of fertilisation.