Male birth control pills declared safe and effective

Researchers submitting their work at the annual meeting of the Endocrine Society in New Orleans have revealed that a new male birth control pill is showing promise, and it’s already passed “safety and tolerability” tests. The tests showed that the drug was able to suppress sperm production while leaving libido intact.

The drug is called 11-beta-MNTDC (which stands for 11-beta-methyl-19-nortestosterone dodecylcarbonate, in case you were wondering). It has a dual-action function that researchers say has proven suitable for the 30 men who volunteered to test it. In testing, which included a smaller sample of men who were randomly selected to receive a placebo instead of the drug, those who took it said they did not experience any severe side effects.

In the first clinical trial results on the drug, it looks like it’ll deliver a safe oral drug while stopping sperm production.

Depending on how further future experiments go, the team says a safe hormonal male pill should be available on the market in about 10 years.

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