As of 2016, women have 13 contraceptive options, and men still only have 2.
One of the only options currently available to men are condoms, a temporary physical barrier which are free at every sexual health clinic. The other is a vasectomy, a permanent surgical procedure where the Vas deferens, the tube that carries sperm, is cut and sealed off. It can be reversed, but with little success rate of fully replenished sperm count.
So why is there not a male contraceptive pill? Researchers say men are more complex. However, a recent study into a male contraceptive jab was seeing success.
The 320 participants received injections every 8 weeks of progesterone and testosterone. It was effective in 98.4% of participants, but the researchers found there was a high ‘side effect’ rate and because of this, trials were stopped.
Just under half the men reported getting acne during the experiment and 1 in 5 complained mood swings – which happen to be 2 very common side effects of the female contraceptive pill.
After trials ended around 6 of the men did not recover their sperm count until a year after stopping injections.
Is this a sign guys simply do not want another alternative?
I spoke to three young men, Charlie Logan, Ryan Breach and Jacob Webster about their opinions on male contraception. See the video below:
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