Male Birth Control Pill Shows Promise

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A breakthrough in oral male contraception, researchers show feasibility of "the pill" for men.

TORRANCE, Calif., March 23, 2018 /PRNewswire/ -- Researchers from the Los Angeles Biomedical Research Institute (LA BioMed)

and the University of Washington announced the results of a study, at the Endocrine Society's annual meeting this week, showing that an experimental oral male contraceptive appears to be safe and effective when taken daily.

The month-long study in LA, led by LA BioMed researcher Dr. Christina Wang, was performed on 83 healthy men between 18 and 50 years old who ingested the oral contraceptive pill on a daily basis. 

"Providing men with a practical and reversible contraceptive option is long over-due," Wang said.  "Sixty years after the pill was developed for women, men will now have options – that neither require surgery nor long-acting injections – to participate in family planning as equal partners."

Results showed that the experimental male oral contraceptive – called dimethandrolone undecanoate (DMAU) – produced hormone responses that are consistent with effective male contraception seen in other longer-term studies.  At the highest dose of DMAU tested, 400 mg, subjects showed "marked suppression" of testosterone levels and two hormones required for sperm production, without showing change in mood or sexual function.  Further studies are under way.

Results from global surveys have suggested that more than eighty percent of men would be interested in a reversible male contraceptive if one were available.  And more than thirty percent of males surveyed said they prefer a daily oral pill to other options available.

Driven by the positive social impacts of breakthrough therapies and treatments, this study is another innovative solution developed by the biomedical leadership of LA BioMed, furthering its reputation of changing and saving lives – such as it did with the 2017 FDA approval of Endari, which is the first sickle cell treatment for adults in twenty years and the first ever for infants.

About LA BioMedLA BioMed is a non-profit biomedical research organization that was founded in 1952. Driven by the positive social impact of over 100 principal investigators—PhDs, MDs and MD/PhDs—working on over 600 research studies, including breakthrough therapies for orphan diseases, LA BioMed is quickly emerging as the first biotech hub in Los Angeles County.  Located on an 11.5 acre campus, with a new $63 million, four story bioscience research building set to open in late 2018, LA BioMed is an incubator of innovation with a global reach and a 66 year reputation of changing, and saving, lives.

About Christina Wang, MD A renowned andrologist/endocrinologist. Dr. Wang is an internationally recognized investigator in male reproductive medicine and biology.  She is leading the efforts to develop a safe, effective and reversible hormonal male contraceptive as well as optimal methods of male hormone replacement therapy.  In addition to being a researcher at LA BioMed, Dr. Wang is Professor of Medicine and Assistant Dean, Clinical and Translational Science, David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA.  More here.

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