Thursday, 26 April, 2018

First Trial Of Once-Daily Male Birth Control Pills Deemed A Success

Men could be taking birth control pills soon after scientists said a study found an experimental oral contraceptive shows promise. File Male pill could be on horizon as trials yield positive results
Judith Alexander | 20 March, 2018, 04:47

The tests did not show whether taking the male birth control drug actually reduced sperm production to levels that would prevent pregnancy, but contraceptive effectiveness will be tested in another trial beginning in April, Fox News reported.

"Many men say they would prefer a daily pill as a reversible contraceptive, rather than long-acting injections or topical gels, which are also in development", Stephanie Page, the study's lead investigator, said in a press release. What about side effects? DMAU is being developed by the National Institutes of Health, Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development, which funded this study.

The idea of contraceptive pills for men has been floating about for some time now. According to University of Washington researchers, subjects didn't report any major symptoms or ill effects.

This recent study for a once-daily pill for men was carried out with groups in Washington and California.

More news: Joe's student goes missing in Bermuda
More news: Iran, US may hold talks on 2015 nuke deal
More news: Patrick's Day: A Celebration Of Slaughter, Colonization And Stereotypes

The results of the study, carried out with the help of Harbor-UCLA Medical Centre, were presented at ENDO 2018, the Endocrine Society's 100th annual meeting in Chicago.

This new pill has overcome some previous challenges facing male birth control, like damage to the liver and other parts of the body.

It is yet to be seen whether the drug proves to be a safe, effective contraceptive over long-term usage. It's 99 per cent effective when taken perfectly, Planned Parenthood wrote, but added that it's hard to do this. Similarly, Sheffield University professor of andrology Allan Pacey remarked that a "large randomized controlled trial" would be necessary to better test the male contraceptive's safety and efficacy, though he also acknowledged that the results "provide some hope" in the search for an effective oral contraceptive for men. The team is now currently working on developing a second compound to block the other sperm-transporting protein with a goal of bringing a hormone-free, reversible male pill to the general public within ten years. "Testosterone production is blocked and therefore sperm are not able to finish their last stages of maturation", she said.

"There has been very nice work in this area demonstrating that men across the globe - various races, ethnicities and across socioeconomic groups - are actually very interested in contraception", she added. Oral contraceptives are one of the medications most often used by Canadian women. They also said that these forms of the hormone also tend to clear too fast for the pills to work if taken only once per day, so two doses were needed.

Recommended

Vladimir Putin wins fourth term Vladimir Putin wins fourth term His campaign spokesman, Andrei Kondrashov, added that the United Kingdom allegations had helped Putin to win more votes. Putin unveiled new nuclear weapons, he said, could strike nearly any point in the world.

Trump drops in on New Hampshire firefighters Trump drops in on New Hampshire firefighters During his bid for the GOP presidential nomination, Trump was boosted by his victory in New Hampshire first-in-the-nation primary. His 3-part plan includes multiple steps to raise awareness, cut the illicit drug flow and expand proven treatment options.

Jim Carrey unveils Trump, 'Wizard of Oz'-inspired artwork Jim Carrey unveils Trump, 'Wizard of Oz'-inspired artwork It's not a battle I want to fight, but you've got to play a part. "And this is one more reason that I'm done with Hollywood", one person commented.

Self-Driving Uber Car Kills Arizona Pedestrian Self-Driving Uber Car Kills Arizona Pedestrian The driver of another vehicle had failed to yield to the Uber vehicle while making a turn, and the two cars hit each other. During its maiden trip, a self-driving shuttle crashed into a slow-moving truck that was attempting to back into an alley.

Two men injured in fourth Texas explosion Two men injured in fourth Texas explosion Milanowski said the latest explosive device was anchored to a metal yard sign near the head of a hiking trail in Travis Country. Stay connected! Download the CW39 NewsFix app for iOS or Android devices and the CW39 Weather app for iOS or Android devices.

Sex and the City star to run for Governor of NY Sex and the City star to run for Governor of NY After weeks of hinting that she would seek the Democratic nomination for governor of New York, Cynthia Nixon has made it official. On the Republican side, Dutchess County Executive Marc Molinaro and state Senator John DeFrancisco both plan runs.

Katy Perry Gave Taylor Swift A Pretty Backhanded Compliment On 'American Idol' Katy Perry Gave Taylor Swift A Pretty Backhanded Compliment On 'American Idol' Katy embraced the tourist look with her bum bag while enjoying a little downtime in Brazil, after flying in for a concert. While Taylor didn't name her rival, many fans think she is referring to Katy Perry in both the interview and in the song.

First Day of Spring to Bring SNOW to Fairfield County First Day of Spring to Bring SNOW to Fairfield County A long duration event starting in our southern areas late tonight and continuing into Wednesday as it will come in two waves. They note that in recent years, models have trended northwest on storms' approach to produce several significant snows.

Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho 'happy' fans are 'sad and frustrated'. Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho 'happy' fans are 'sad and frustrated'. In the last seven years Manchester City were champions twice and if you want to say three times, they were second twice. He said: "You can not expect me to say 'this and that player, they have to do better'".

Russian diplomat hints United Kingdom lab could be nerve agent source Russian diplomat hints United Kingdom  lab could be nerve agent source Mr Lavrov dismissed the British Government's insistence that the attack in Salisbury, Wilts, was backed by the Kremlin. The British Council is a cultural institute with artistic, language and educational programs.

Stenson rallies to stay in lead Stenson rallies to stay in lead They each went bogey-bogey on the first two holes, though Gooch did somewhat redeem himself with a gain at the par-five fourth. He bogeyed the second hole but rallied to birdie three of his next four holes. "I lived in a nice climate for too many years".

Four Killed, 19 Trapped In Philippine Hotel Fire Four Killed, 19 Trapped In Philippine Hotel Fire Motorists have been advised to avoid the roads leading to the hotel - UN Avenue, Maria Orosa and Kalaw Avenue. The fire gutted the casino's mezzanine up to the third floor.

White House pushes back against rumours of exodus White House pushes back against rumours of exodus Multiple White House spokespeople did not return requests for comment from the Daily News. The public and most journalists learned Trump had swung the axe on Twitter .

Chinese PM Li Keqiang re-elected for second five-year term Chinese PM Li Keqiang re-elected for second five-year term In a moment of high political theatre, a copy of the constitution was carried onto the main stage by three members of the armed forces.

Israeli military says carried out Gaza operation against tunnel Israeli military says carried out Gaza operation against tunnel There has been a spike in violence since President Donald Trump's December 6 recognition of Jerusalem as Israel's capital. The Hamas terror group praised the attack, saying it "proves our people's readiness to continue the Jerusalem intifada".