Ladies, imagine a world where you didn’t have to worry about unplanned pregnancy. Imagine the onus was all on your male partner. What a place that would be! Not popping your birth control pill every day, and in turn, never having to deal with the seriously horrible side effects (depression, anxiety, mood swings, acne, excess hair growth, messed up libido, blood clots, DEATH!!) of a medication that alters your monthly hormones.
Sounds too good to be true, right? Well, it is, for now. Research into a male contraceptive has been underway for the past year, but that’s all come to a screeching halt because the dudes participating in said trial have been dealing with all sorts of unbearable side effects. And by “unbearable side effects” we mean the exact same things women who take the pill have faced for nearly 50 years since the contraceptive was introduced in the ’60s.
According to a study published in the The Journal of Clinical Endocrinology and Metabolism, the male birth control contraceptive (it comes in the form of a shot), is 96 per cent effective. Amazing! But 20 of the 320 male participants found the side effects too much to handle. “The most common adverse events were acne, injection site pain, increased libido and mood disorders,” the study wrote. So the product isn’t going to market any time soon
Is it just us, or does this sound like the birth control equivalent of a Man Cold? Yeah, it’s uncomfortable, we get it.
But in all seriousness, NO human should have to deal with such crummy side effects in order to take control of their reproductive system, and body. We don’t want the men we love feeling icky and ill from taking a contraceptive, but WE don’t want to keep feeling down in the dumps from taking our birth control either. We’ve been saying for years that the pill makes us feel crazy/gain weight/have acne, yet we continue to be prescribed box after box from various physicians. Why now, that 20 men experienced unpleasant side effects, are we nixing further research?
All we’re asking for is a little equality, medical world.