Male birth control pill includes a side effect that has frustrated women for decades

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March 23, 2018 4:34 pm Published by

It’s been more than a century since Margaret Sanger opened the first birth control clinic in the United States, and nearly 60 years since the first oral contraceptive was approved by the FDA. In 1965, the Supreme Court gave married couples the right to use birth control under the landmark court case Griswold v. Connecticut. It took until 1972 for birth control to become legalized for use among all citizens of the United States, whether they were married or not.

Since then, more options have emerged, from IUDs to the Depo-Provera shot, the sponge, the ring, the patch and beyond. Birth control today is still far from perfect, but many rightly contend that access to the pill was the match that lit the fire of women’s liberation that is still burning today.

This week marks a new addition to the annals of contraceptive history: dimethandrolone undecanoate, a potential new birth control pill for men, is being touted as the “best hope” for a non-permanent male contraceptive option yet.

Developed with funding from the National Institutes of Health by a team at the University of Washington, the formula is a tweaked version of previous failed attempts.


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