Early Trial Finds Male Birth Control Is Safe and Totally Works

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Birth control for men could be on the way. An early trial on a pill form has been deemed safe and effective.

DMAU, or dimethandrolone undecanoat, works like the female birth control pill that has been around since the 1960s. It contains a mix of hormones, like androgen, testosterone and progestin, that suppress testosterone and sperm count.

Researchers studied 100 men, who took varying doses of the pill some of which took a placebo. The sperm counts of the men not administered a placebo were sufficiently suppressed, indicating the pill was an effective form of male contraception.

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“Despite having low levels of circulating testosterone, very few subjects reported symptoms consistent with testosterone deficiency or excess,” the study’s senior investigator, Dr. Stephanie Page, a professor of medicine at the University of Washington, said at the Endocrine Society’s annual conference (sounds like a party).

“DMAU is a major step forward in the development of a once-daily ‘male pill,'” Page said. “Many men say they would prefer a daily pill as a reversible contraceptive, rather than long-acting injections or topical gels, which are also in development.”

Some participants did experience a minor dip in in their HDL (“good”) cholesterol and some weight gain. All reported healthy liver and kidney function, a concern for some testosterone supplements.

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If men are willing to fire blanks, it could be a revolution in safe sex. But please dudes, still wrap it up.

h/t Uproxx

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Thomas Freeman