- What other names is Gossypol known by?
- What is Gossypol?
- How does Gossypol work?
- Are there safety concerns?
- Are there any interactions with medications?
- Dosing considerations for Gossypol.
Men take gossypol for birth control. Women take it for disorders of the uterus including endometriosis, abnormal bleeding, and cancer; as well as for ovarian cancer. Gossypol is also used for treating HIV/AIDS.
Sometimes women use gossypol cream or gel as birth control. It is applied to the inside of the vagina to kill sperm.
Possibly Effective for...
- Male contraception (birth control), when taken by mouth. Taking gossypol by mouth seems to reduce sperm count and function in 60% to 100% of men. In 50% to 77% of men, sperm recover within 3-24 months after treatment is stopped. In about 10% of men, sperm counts remain very low for over 4.5 years. In some men, continual use of gossypol can cause permanent loss of the ability to father a child.
Insufficient Evidence to Rate Effectiveness for...
- Cancer. Early research suggests that taking gossypol by mouth does not help shrink tumors in people with advanced cancer.
- Problems of the uterus (womb) and ovaries.
- Killing sperm, when applied inside the vagina.
- Other conditions.
Natural Medicines Comprehensive Database rates effectiveness based on scientific evidence according to the following scale: Effective, Likely Effective, Possibly Effective, Possibly Ineffective, Likely Ineffective, and Insufficient Evidence to Rate (detailed description of each of the ratings).
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