The contraceptive pill currently available on the market is for women. It contains artificial versions of estrogen and progesterone, hormones that women naturally produce to stop ovulation. However, no ovulation means no egg production that sperm could fertilize and therefore no pregnancy. Thus, you will understand, as a rule only women take responsibility for contraception, when the report itself is done to two.
Good news ! The Telegraph recently reported that scientists have announced the development of an effective male contraceptive pill, with no dangerous side effects and no harm to libido.
This innovation would be revolutionary to say the least, because it would herald a time when men could share this responsibility with their partners.
Gentlemen, to your plaquettes!
This is undoubtedly a major step forward. Researchers found that levels of two hormones needed for sperm production dropped dramatically when 40 participants used a contraceptive pill for one month, with 10 randomly selected to take a placebo.
The results of this study were presented on March 24 at ENDO 19, the annual meeting of the Endocrine Society in New Orleans. This experimental contraceptive is actually a modified testosterone combining the action of the androgen hormone and a progesterone. Thus, the coordination of these two hormones helps to prevent libido disorders or other health problems.
Dr. Christina Wang, deputy director of the Los Angeles Biomed Reseach Institute’s Clinical and Translational Science Institute and co-investigator of the study, told our colleagues in the journal Live Science that when two hormones were separated, the body was treating doses. identical at different speeds. As a result, the body stops sperm production but also lowers natural testosterone levels. However, as testosterone levels decline, the risk of blood clots, depression and other problems increases.
However, during the trials, none of the men had serious side effects that could result from too low testosterone levels. Of the 30 participants taking the pill, 22 reported cases of acne, headaches, a slight decrease in libido, and average weight gain (ie, 3 participants among those taking a placebo pill also had the same complaints). Does that remind you of something ladies?
But we’ll have to wait a little longer …
Research findings suggest that this pill, which combines two hormonal activities into one, can reduce sperm production while preserving libido. Nevertheless, according to the research team, longer and more in-depth trials would still be needed and it would take another decade, as the BBC says, before it can market the male contraceptive pill.
The women’s pill was marketed in Germany for the first time in 1956, four years before the sale was allowed in the United States, her country of invention. In France, it will be authorized in 1967, that is, more than 50 years ago. So, why is a male pill so slow to be marketed?
Some claim that there is a mentality blockage and that men would not be ready to take a contraceptive pill, although a poll suggests that many men would be willing to take the pill if it was available. Also, a UK survey conducted by Anglia Ruskin University in 2011 revealed that 70 out of 134 women doubted the effectiveness of the male pill because they feared that their partners would forget too often to take it.