An age old argument between the sexes may be finally settled as a new contraceptive for men has been discovered.
Available in either pill form or nasal spray (?!?!?!), the contraceptive can make men infertile for several days by entering their sperm and stopping them from swimming and fertilising eggs.
Best of all, it can be taken immediately before sex so you don't even have to worry about forgetting in in the morning. What greater foreplay than whacking out your nasal spray whilst putting on some Barry White?
Researchers at Wolverhampton University have worked with Portuguese scientists created the "cell-penetrating peptide compound." Research leader Professor John Howl commented that "The results are startling – and almost instant. When you take healthy sperm and add our compound, within a few minutes the sperm basically cannot move."
John Guillebaud, professor of family planning and reproductive health at University College, London, spoke to the Mail on Sunday about the added benefits of a reversible male contraceptive like this.
It would help in cases where the woman cannot take the Pill for medical reasons – for instance, due to migraine with aura or an increased risk of blood clots. "It would also help men who want to have control over their own fertility – for example, to ensure they do not get trapped into having a child by a woman who says she is on the Pill, but isn't."
It normally takes between three and five years for a new new drug to get to the market after animal trials, so the contraceptive in either pill or spray form could be available in around 2021.
With these new methods as well as the prospect of a contraceptive injection, after decades of women taking the hit, it could soon be time for men to step up to the plate.