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MARK COLVIN: More than 40 years after the release of the contraceptive pill for women, researchers say a male version could be widely available within five years.
It follows the release of Australian research, published in today's Lancet medical journal, which found that hormone-based contraceptives for men were fully reversible.
Researchers analysed data from 30 studies conducted over the past 16 years. But the only stumbling block to having a product commercially available may turn out to be that no drug company is interested in developing it.
Sabra Lane reports.
SABRA LANE: Over the past four decades, reproductive clinicians have been searching for a male contraceptive that's reliable and reversible.
But of all the hormone-based pills, patches and implants tested on men over the past 16 years, no one's been sure if any of them are 100 per cent reversible.
Dr Peter Liu, from Sydney's ANZAC Research Institute, has analysed 30 studies conducted since 1990. His findings were published in today's Lancet medical journal.
PETER LIU: Men who take these male hormonal contraceptive regimens, their sperm count will recover to levels that are consistent with fertility.