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Male Birth Control Pill: What We Know So Far

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If you thought birth control pills are solely for women, better think again. According to reports, researchers are currently working to make these contraceptives a possible option for men in the near future.

In a recent study presented at the annual Endocrine Society meeting in Chicago, USA, experts found a drug called dimethandrolone undecanoate (DMAU) can effectively reduce hormones responsible for sperm production—without any serious side effects.

According to Dr. Stephanie Page, lead author of the study and endocrinologist at the University of Washington School of Medicine, DMAU works by "regulating the body's hormone levels in order to trick it into thinking it's already producing enough reproductive hormones."

Apparently, the pill convinces your body that it already has enough testosterone, but in reality, it doesn't. And having a low amount testosterone suppresses the production of luteinizing hormone and follicle-stimulating hormones (AKA reproductive hormones)—both of these are responsible for creating sperm.

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No worries about liver damage, though (FYI: your liver plays an important role in regulating the amount of free testosterone in the body), as DMAU is designed to limit testosterone and sperm production, while keeping the organ safe.

This story originally appeared on Fhm.com.ph.

* Minor edits have been made by the Esquiremag.ph editors.

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