While everyone is familiar with the pill, a birth control method exclusively for women, new research is indicating that a male form of the pill might be something plausible for men in the not-so-distant future.
CNN advised that the research team that conducted the study have found that dimethandrolone undecanoate (DMAU), the name of this potential hormone pill, has the probability to decrease testosterone, as well as additional hormone levels that create the production of sperm, with minimal side effects.
As Dr. Stephanie Page, endocrinologist, University of Washington and study lead author relayed that the goal for her team and the entire field is to create a pill for males without any serious side effects; however, the ultimate outcome would be a men’s pill that could also offer health benefits to males.
While there is currently a plethora of birth control options at women’s fingertips, the spectrum for men is minimal. Right now, the only options to the male population at it relates to birth control includes: coitus interrupts (the infamous pullout or withdrawal method that is not as effective as other contraceptives), condoms, and vasectomies. According to Page, about 40% of pregnancy around the globe are unplanned, therefore there is a strong need to create more contraceptive options for males.
The research team rallied a little over 80 males, ranging from 18 to 50 years of age. The men were placed randomly into either three treatment groups or a control group. Each treatment team were given a different dose of the male pill, either at 400, 200, or 100 milligrams.
The study revealed that after 28 days, the men’s testosterone levels decreased to castration points for all the drug dosages. In fact, the group that received 400 milligrams had a significant decrease in FSH and LH; two hormones that assist in sperm production and the regulation of testosterone.
Still, more research is needed, mainly due to the small size of the test groups within the research, and additional studies can help determine any side effects that would be felt toward the general public.