With this new birth control pill designed for men, they will be able to have intimate intercourse with their partners without the worry of getting them pregnant.
The pill called dimethandroloneundecanoate should be taken once a day and it lowers the testosterone levels and the hormones required for sperm production.
The pill was tested on 83 men, aged between 18 and 50 at the University of Washington in Seattle. The men had been taken the pill or a placebo for 28 days, and gave blood for the researchers to test on the first and on the last day of the study.
They have been taking different doses, and at the highest dose (400mg), the levels of testosterone and the two hormones in the men were almost eliminated.
In the long-term studies, the effectiveness of the male contraception was consistent, according to Dr Stephanie Page, the lead investigator of the study.
None of the liver inflammations who came as a side effect of previous versions of oral contraceptives was seen in this study, with the only physical side effect being mild weight gain and some cases of acne.
The results were presented at the ENDO 2018.
Dr Page said that she thinks DMAU is a major step forward in the development of the “male pill”, and that the results are very promising.
Longer-term studies are currently underway, and it should show if DMAU blocks sperm production if taken every day.
More than 100 million women worldwide use the female pill, but the long-waiter male pill may be on its way!