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Oct 23, 2016 6:43 PM

Male contraceptive pill in development

A breakthrough in male contraceptive technology may lead to a reversible option for men.

Scientists at Wolverhampton University, located in the United Kingdom, found that certain peptides can penetrate sperm cells, according to the UK Telegraph.

Experts at Aveiro University in Portugal then generated a compound that can turn off the protein responsible for the sperm's ability to move.

The peptide could be administered via a pill, nasal spray, or under-skin implant, but which it will be is not yet known.

Peptides are compounds made up of amino acids which can be made synthetically and are found naturally.

The compound has the potential to be effective within minutes and would wear off in a few days.

Further testing is underway.

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