A research conducted on 320 men, which found, over a one-year period, it was 96 percent effective in preventing pregnancy. A spokesperson for the World Health Organisation said: “The study found it is possible to have a hormonal contraceptive for men that reduces the risk of unplanned pregnancies in the partners of men who use it.”. The finding that the latest version of the injected male contraceptive is now very effective is a fantastic news
But the trial of the drug has already been halted – because just 20 of the men (out of 320) found the side effects of the injection intolerable and it was decided that more research needed to be done to try and counteract them. Those side effects included depression, muscle pain, mood swings, acne and changes in the libido.
As everyone knows women have had to bear the responsibility of contraception since the pill was first launched in 1962 – and all of the side effects that go along with it.
When it comes to contraception, medicine is clearly biased towards men. Women can have such ailments as depression and acne thrust upon them for the greater good of preventing an unwanted pregnancy, but the same level of discomfort cannot be expected of men. Researchers are now going to spend millions trying to alter this medication so that its side effects are lessened.
Only 20 of the men surveyed said that they couldn’t handle the side effects – more than 75 percent said they would happily use the contraception. Because 20 men weren’t happy, the entire trial has been halted.
The risks of the combined pill are numerous, and taking it is not a pleasant thing. But women have taken this burden on for more than 50 years to allow their relationships to develop without the risk of pregnancy.