“The Pill” is One Step Closer to Reality For Males

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Women have exclusively been using birth control pills for decades, however, according to a new study a male birth control pill that is both safe and effective may be on the horizon.

Dr. Stephnaie Page, the lead author of the study, claims that researchers found that the proposed hormone pill, called dimethandrolone undecanoate (DMAU), effectively reduced testosterone and other hormone levels responsible for sperm production without any serious side effects.

Finding a male birth control pill has been a medical goal since at least the 1950s when scientists first began developing hormonal birth control options. Though “the pill” eventually gained popularity among women, hormonal birth control options for men never really took off.

Dr. Page states,

“…Men are interested in having an oral pill available, and the work we presented here is a step forward…The important next step is to show that this does in fact suppress the production of sperm…After that, we’ll need longer-term studies to look in detail about fine-tuning any potential side effects and ultimately doing a study in couples that actually demonstrates that it works in a real-world use.”

The new drug DMAU showed a marked reduction in many of the side effects including depression, acne, and altered libido compared to the other case studies. It also did not appear to damage the liver, a known consequence of testosterone use.

The pill for males shows progress but will require further studies until it’s where researchers and doctors want it to be.



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