While there may be concerns that a male contraceptive pill wouldn't work because men would forget to take it, study co-author Dr. Arthi Thirumalai of the University of Washington was quoted by the Daily Mail as saying it would be "quite old-fashioned" to draw such conclusions, as surveys had found that men are also willing to "take responsibility for contraception".
Dr Page said longer term studies are now underway to confirm that when taken every day, DMAU blocks sperm production.
Page says a second study of DMAU will involve 100 men, 50 in Washington and 50 in California. The drug is being developed by the National Institutes of Health (NIH); the group also funded the study, which has not yet been published in a peer-reviewed journal.
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"Our last great advance in male contraception was 300 years ago with the development of the condom". "We did see mild weight gain and an increase in cholesterol levels and that may require us to fine tune the dosing, but overall we are very encouraged about the safety profile of dimethandrolone", she said in a report in MedPageToday.
DMAU could provide a more updated approach to male contraception, similar to the contraception women use. All of the men took the pills once per day with food for 28 days.
This new pill has overcome some previous challenges facing male birth control, like damage to the liver and other parts of the body. It found that an experimental drug is both safe and effective.
As a result, men are not able to get their partners pregnant. Their liver functions and kidney functions were however normal and the drug was deemed safe. Apparently, researchers are close to developing male birth control pills along the lines of oral contraception that's been available for women since the 1960s. 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. They also said that these forms of the hormone also tend to clear too fast for the pills to work if taken only once per day, so two doses were needed.