A few months ago we heard about the new contraceptive gel for men. Until now, there was no equivalent to the pill the woman takes, and that gel was the most similar. Fortunately, scientists from the University of Washington are getting closer to concretizing this project: the male contraceptive pill known as dimethandrolone undecanoate (DMAU).
According to The Guardian, Stephanie Page, director of the study, blood samples and analysis of hormones in patients are showing good results: "DMAU is a major step forward in the development of a once-daily ‘male pill," the doctor said.
DMAU does not generate severe consequences in the human body, such as liver inflation. The only symptoms that, for now, it causes are some cases of acne and weight gain. Nothing compared to the annoying side effects that women deal with.
About the study
One hundred volunteers between 18 and 50 years old, showed up at the offices of the University of Washington to test the correct functioning of this contraceptive pill. They took it once a day for almost a month and carried on a normal diet.
According to the study, many of the men consulted preferred to take a contraceptive pill every day instead of using gels or injections, which are other methods that are being studied.
The studies will continue, but Dr. Page is positive: “These promising results are unprecedented in the development of a prototype male pill. Longer-term studies are currently underway to confirm that DMAU taken every day blocks sperm production.”
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