According to Chron, after 10-years of research, UC-Berkeley startup 'YourChoice Therapeutics' will release the first hormone-free birth control pills for both men and women. Co-founders Polina Lishko and Nadja Mannowetz are calling their idea the “molecular condom concept.”
Lishko and Mannowetz originally hoped to pioneer a non-hormonal contraceptive for women. Birth Control based on hormones can cause migraines, weight gain, and increase risks of breast cancer and cervical cancer in the long run.
During their research, they began to notice that they could take away the energy a sperm would need to reach an egg, making it unable to complete fertilization.
Many researchers say the studies sound very “promising.”
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