Mexico City.- Currently, there are more than twenty contraceptive methods, but only two are designed for the male reproductive organ: condom and vasectomy. This could eventually change in the next few years with marketing in the pharmacies of the Pill for man DMAU, or Dimendrolone undecanoato, which would block the production of sperm and, therefore, also prevent pregnancies.
Two scientists since University of Wolverhampton, in the United Kingdom, published in 2016 the results of a study that demonstrated the ability to control sperm movement, as well as its fertility capacity. That same year, however, the process of the first male contraceptive pill was interrupted by having side effects like acne or mood swings, all also related to them, on the other side, with the pill for women.
But now, the new DMAU pill could be a revolution in birth control methods. The most widespread currently, in addition to the male condom, are those that the woman must take: the IUD, the vaginal ring, the hormone patches, the female condoms and, of course, the combined oral pill. the male version It would take away social pressure on women if they were responsible for family planning.
The tests to which the DMAU was submitted have obtained very positive results, with only a few contraindications that do not differ much from the side effects that also have some female contraceptive methods. The men who offered to undergo the study gained weight and their HDA cholesterol levels decreased. However, they did not affect other vital organs such as the liver or kidneys.
Before arriving at this point, science has also tried other contraceptive methods for men who have been more or less successful. Testosterone injections not only increase muscle mass, but also prevent pregnancy in female partners. Another alternative would be a topical gel that would stop sperm production for a while, while the gold plant would kill them.
Even a unisex pill has been developed. But this is not the most curious, but the fact that it would be made from a component found in fruit such as mango, olives or grapes called lupeol. In any case, it seems that little by little scientific developments are advancing at the same pace that society makes towards an egalitarian world between men and women. Contraception should not be exclusively female.
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