Mexico City.- There is now more than twenty contraceptive methods, but only two are for the male reproductive organ: condom and vasectomy. This could change in the coming years with pharmacies marketing Pill for men DMAU, or Dimendrolone undecanoate, which would prevent sperm production and thus prevent pregnancy.
Two scientists from University of Wolverhampton, in the United Kingdom, published a study in 2016 that demonstrated the possibility of controlling sperm movement and its fertile capacity. In the same year, the first contraceptive pill was discontinued side effects like acne or mood swings, all of them also concern, on the other hand, with pills for women.
But now, the new DMAU pill could be a revolution in birth control methods. The most widespread at present, in addition to the male condom, are those that a woman needs to take: an intrauterine body, a vaginal ring, hormonal patches, female condoms and, of course, a combined oral pill. The male version Removes social pressure on women if they are responsible for family planning.
Tests for which DMAU was administered were obtained very positive results, with very few contraindications that do not differ from the side effects that some methods of female contraception have. The men who offered to undergo the study gained weight and their levels of HDA cholesterol decreased. However, they did not affect other important organs such as the liver or kidneys.
Before achieving this goal, science also attempted other contraceptive methods for men who had more or less success. Testosterone injections not only increase muscle mass but also prevent pregnancies in female partners. Another alternative would be a topical gel that would stop the production of sperm for a while while the gold implant would kill them.
Even an unisex pill has been developed. But it is not the most curious but the fact that it will be made from a component found in fruits such as mango, olives or grapes called lupeol. In any case, it seems that scientific progress is gradually evolving at the same pace as society leads to an egalitarian world between men and women. Contraception should not be exclusively female.
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