10 of the most important medical discoveries of 2018

In March, researchers University of Washington, Seattle, Washington announced success in a trial for male birth control pills.

The pill in question, called dimethandrolone undecanoate or DMAU, works similar to women’s birth control by combining a male hormone, like testosterone, and a progestin. Taken once a day, the pill was found to be safe — despite patient’s experiencing weight gain and decreases in HDL (“good”) cholesterol — halt sperm production, and reduce testosterone production.

“These promising results are unprecedented in the development of a prototype male pill,” Stephanie Page, M.D., Ph.D., professor of medicine at the University of Washington, said.

Read more: A male birth control pill that dramatically lowers testosterone levels is moving forward into a 3-month trial

This wasn’t the only breakthrough in terms of male birth control. In December, Gizmodo reported that scientists began a large clinical trial to test a gel-based male birth control.

The gel, applied to the back and shoulders once daily, contains a combination of a progestin compound and testosterone that is absorbed through the skin.

Although this is a huge step in terms of medical advancements, some expressed frustration that it’s more convenient than some current birth control options for women.

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