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    The male contraceptive pill validates its first trials successfully

    The male contraceptive pill validates its first trials successfully

    The male contraceptive pill is coming soon? A "safe and effective" male contraceptive pill is under development. And the results seem encouraging and the mild side effects. 

    The contraceptive pill for men, we've been talking about it for a while, but we still have not seen it point the tip of his nose. So far the tests carried out have not really been encouraging. But a recent US study seems to prove the opposite and validates the positive results of developing a "safe and effective" male pill, reports CNN.

    Promising results that have just been published in the Endocrine Society and that do not appear to have "any major side effects" indicates Why Doctor.

    "The DMAU (name of the male contraceptive pill) is a major breakthrough in the development of a male pill," said Stephanie Page, an endocrinologist who led the study.

    To achieve this, an American study was conducted on 83 male volunteers aged 18 to 50 years. Men had to take this pill once a day which - like most female contraceptive pills - combines an androgenic hormone (male) such as testosterone and a progestin. The goal was to reduce the level of testosterone and two hormones essential for the production of spermatozoa.

    And good news according to St├ęphanie Page the DMAU sufficiently reduces the production of spermatozoa and the hormones that produce them. All without serious side effects and this is where the advance takes place. Except for a slight weight gain and a decrease in libido observed in 9 men, the DMAU seems to have very few adverse effects.

    A significant advance over 2016, where another study on the male contraceptive pill had resulted in much less conclusive results, including many side effects (depression, acne, risk of inflammation of the liver).

    "Our goal is to develop a method for men that has minimal side effects, and it would be ideal to produce something that is also good for men's health," she added.

    But more studies are still needed. For the moment this study was conducted on a small sample of people. This will require further research to identify the side effects of the drug on a broader population.

    Despite all encouraging results that pave the way for future research, some of which are already under way.

    "The next important step is to show that it suppresses sperm production, and that requires at least a three-month study, which we will start next month," said Stephanie Page. "We will need longer-term studies to look into potential side-effects in detail, before doing a study with couples to show that it can be useful on a daily basis."

    If this last step is really effective, it will achieve another goal: to change attitudes and convince men to take the plunge. In 2012, a CSA survey indicated that 61% of men said they were ready to take the pill, if it was on the market brings 20 minutes.

    Currently, it is women who use the most contraception. According to figures from Public Health France 2016, 92% take the pill, have an IUD or follow other forms of contraception.

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