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From Dancing Queens to Male Birth Control

a blog by Claire, August 17, 2012

It's Friday, so we thought we'd share some of the most interesting pieces of news in fertility we came across this week.

I Like to Move It, Move It

You know the Dancing Queens in the disco that the men just can't take their eyes off of? What is that mystical aura she projects?

Well, according to new research, it's the the fact that she's in the fertile phase of her menstrual cycle! (So, you too, can be a Dancing Queen, even if you have two left feet!)

Researchers in Germany asked 28 women between the ages of 19 and and 33 to dance to the same drumbeat during the fertile late follicular phase of their cycles and the nonfertile mid-luteal phase. Then, the researchers showed 200 young men (mostly in college and graduate school) the silhouettes of the women dancing. (The women all wore similar form-fitting suits and pulled their hair back.)

The results showed that the men judged the fertile women as more attractive dancers than the women in their non-fertile phase. In addition, they were shown videos of the women walking, and they liked the fertile women's walk better, too.

Oh, you can tell by the way I use my walk …

So, next time you're getting your groove on, just be aware, you may really be projecting the desire to make a baby!

Is a Male Birth Control Pill Right Around the Corner?

Now, while women are out there giving off the baby-making hormone, in the near future, men may be able to control whether their accidental impregnations a bit better.

U.S. researchers studying cancer stumbled across a compound that could finally lead to a birth control pill for men. In mice experiments, the lab animals that were give the pill became completely infertile because they produced fewer and less motile sperm. The drug, however, does not affect the hormones or the sex drive.

And … the effects were completely reversible! Once the researchers stopped giving the drug to the mice, they fathered a littler of healthy little mouse babies with no apparent negative effects.

Sounds almost too good to be true! The real test? If men can actually remember to take it.

Other News

Other stories we found interesting this week include:

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