Finally! Birth Control for Men May Soon Be a Reality
It's about time!
Update: As of Sunday, March 18th researchers presenting at the annual Endocrine Society meeting in Chicago reported that the proposed hormone pill, dimethandrolone undecanoate, or DMAU, does reduce testosterone and other sperm-producing hormones without presenting alarming side effects, according to CNN. Due to the small sample size of men partaking in the study, more research must be conducted to confidently evaluate the side effects the drug could have on the public, Seth Cohen, M.D., MPH, an assistant professor of urology at NYU Langone Health, who was not involved in the study, told CNN.
Hey ladies: Ever feel like, as women, we have to do everything when it comes to reproduction? We take the Pill to prevent getting pregnant, then, when we want to conceive, we have to keep track of our ovulation, take the pregnancy tests, carry the baby, and give birth!
Well soon, men may have the opportunity to share the family planning load by taking male birth control!
According to the New York Daily News, University of Minnesota College of Pharmacy scientists are close to developing a pill that will make men sterile...temporarily. But don't send your guy rushing out to the pharmacy just yet.
Research team leader Gunda Georg said there's a lot to achieve before the man pill will be available to the public. Specifically, any oral contraceptive for men can't decrease their sex drive (wait—is that even possible?), or lead to unsafe side effects. Plus, it has to be reversible for when men want to father children.
Current formulations aren't without their problems.
"At certain doses, it (works). But at those doses, it doesn't work for up to 20 percent of men, and it can cause side effects, including weight gain and a decrease in 'good' cholesterol," explained Jillian Kyzer, a graduate student.
Interestingly, research indicates men would be open to taking a birth control pill. But a big concern about the man pill coming to market is that couples would soon stop using condoms, which could lead to higher rates of STDs.
That concern aside, hopefully male birth control will soon be a reality. Because seriously, I've had just about enough of doing everything when it comes to reproduction.
Melissa Willets is a writer/blogger and a mom. Follow her on Twitter (@Spitupnsuburbs), where she chronicles her love of exercising and drinking coffee, but never simultaneously.