From condoms to IUDs, there are many birth control methods available for sexually-active individuals who want to avoid pregnancy.
However, not all of them score high on popularity charts- mainly because they decrease or interrupt sexual enjoyment.
Scientists continue to research better and easier methods of birth control.
Get a sneak peek into the future of contraceptives on the occasion of the World Population Day, which falls on July 11.
1. The Male Pill
A pill that can control the massive sperm army unleashed by men has existed as a feasible birth control option for many decades.
Yet, the development of the male pill has still been painfully slow. Scientists initially had to fight the idea that men would never use a hormonal pill. There has been a gradual shift; maybe celeb paternity suits brought a change in perspective.
Male hormonal contraceptive is finally ready and being tested in the US, Europe and China.
This birth control method uses testosterone, and sometimes progesterone, to stop sperm production.
The reversible hormonal male contraceptive would also be available as patches, gels, implants and even injections.
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