Broadly reports on new research from the University of Edinburgh that suggests that men might also be able to effectively take hormonal birth control, meaning women wouldn’t solely have to suffer than burden. But before you throw a parade/throw out your pills, you should know that the study was stopped because men were experiencing side effects that many women using hormonal contraception currently experience.
The study found that a male contraceptive injection could have a success rate of 96 percent — that’s almost as effective as the pill, which is 99.9 percent effective. They studied 320 men between the ages of 18 and 45, injecting them with two hormones: progestogen to lower sperm counts, and testosterone to reduces the effects of the progestogen (progesterone also reduces testosterone).
It was working until 20 men claimed they had issues and the study was halted.
From the study: “Of these 20, 6 men discontinued only for changes in mood and 6 men discontinued for the following single reasons: acne, pain or panic at first injections, palpitations, hypertension, and erectile dysfunction.” The other eight men dropped out because of mood changes.