The 411 On The New Male Birth Control Pill

There’s a new birth control coming to the market, and there’s a lot to learn about it. The new pill, which works similarly to female birth control, passed initial safety steps and produced hormone responses consistent with effective birth control in 30 men, according to research presented by the Los Angeles Biomedical Research Institute and the University of Washington at the Endocrine Society’s annual meeting.

The drug is truly in its infancy stage and has not yet been submitted for approval by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) but experts say that it could be well on its way to the market.

There have been some promising advances in male birth control recently. Researchers from LA BioMed and the University of Washington previously developed a separate male birth control pill that has also passed preliminary safety. There’s also some evidence that similar compounds could act as long-lasting male birth control when injected. A topical contraceptive gel, which men would apply daily to their shoulders and arms, is on the horizon as well.

These birth control methods for men are about a decade away from being