Male birth control pill may soon be a reality, researchers say

Contraceptive Pills For Men Will Become A Reality As The Trials Revealed Positive Results

Contraceptive Pills For Men Will Become A Reality As The Trials Revealed Positive Results

The pill also contains a long-chain fatty acid called undecanoate, which slows the breakdown of the testosterone so that it remains effective all day in contrast to older editions.

"DMAU is a major step forward in the development of a once-daily male pill", explained the study's leading author, Dr. Stephanie Page from the University of Washington, in Seattle, in the US.

The development of a male contraceptive pill has over the years been affected by side-effects on fertility, birth defects and libido. Despite these incredibly low levels of testosterone, the men did not have symptoms of low testosterone. "Longer term studies are now under way to confirm that DMAU taken every day blocks sperm production", Page added in the statement.

This Phase 1 study into the drug recruited 100 healthy male subjects separated into groups testing three different dosages and including a placebo control. DMAU is being developed by the National Institutes of Health, Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development, which funded this study.

This recent study for a once-daily pill for men was carried out with groups in Washington and California. Also, because they clear the body relatively quickly, men would have had to take the pills twice a day.

At 100 milligrams, the contraceptive was comparable to effective male contraception in long-term trials, Page said. This led to effective contraception. The study was presented yesterday (18th of March 2018) at the ENDO 2018, the Endocrine Society's 100th annual meeting in Chicago, Illinois. DMAU needs to be taken with food to work properly, the researchers noted.

At the highest dose of DMAU tested, 400 mg, participants showed "marked suppression" of levels of their testosterone and two hormones required for sperm production.

One big question has always been whether men would actually take a birth control pill reliably, since they're not the ones who bear the burden of pregnancy. While women are more likely to trust their partners with contraception than you might think, quite a few men still (archaically, absurdly) believe that contraception is a woman's job. One of the major downsides of this medical innovation - and something which had been an issue before 1960 as well - is that women are often expected to deal with birth control by themselves.

Recent clinical tests on a male contraceptive pill have yielded successful results, possibly suggesting that a once-a-day oral contraceptive option might soon join injections and gels among the birth control options for men.

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