That's more of a personal dig considering I've literally forgotten my keys in my own front door (this week), but apparently not only has a new study shown promise that male birth control pills work, but that they are safe.
Researchers who conducted a month-long trial involving 83 men said the once-daily pill lowered hormone levels similarly to other forms of longer-term contraceptives-without signs of testosterone deficiency or excess. Researchers say longer term studies are now underway to confirm that the pill can block sperm production so a man cannot get his partner pregnant.
The study included 100 healthy men, aged 18 to 50 years.
The idea of contraceptive pills for men has been floating about for some time now.
Researcher note that usually low testosterone levels can lead to decreased sex drive and fatigue but most of those involved in the trial did not appear to suffer from these side effects. The pills were taken for 28 days once daily with food. Daily oral administration of dimethandrolone undecanoate is well tolerated and is associated with reduced serum testosterone levels into the hypogonadal range, according to a study presented at the annual meeting of The Endocrine Society, held from March 17 to 20 in Chicago.
It is yet to be seen whether the drug proves to be a safe, effective contraceptive over long-term usage.
However, longer studies are needed to confirm that it does indeed block sperm production, the researchers said.
Page noted they are consistent with effective male contraception shown in longer-term studies.
This new pill has overcome some previous challenges facing male birth control, like damage to the liver and other parts of the body. It's 99 per cent effective when taken perfectly, Planned Parenthood wrote, but added that it's hard to do this. But Page said this was mild and not a reason for concern, and that liver and kidney function was good.
"We're often asked if there was a contraceptive if men would be interested in using it", Page said. Men who want a reversible form of contraception have said in surveys that they would prefer a pill to injections or gels, which are also being developed.
"There has been very nice work in this area demonstrating that men across the globe - various races, ethnicities and across socioeconomic groups - are actually very interested in contraception", she added.