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posted by cmn32480 on Saturday November 05 2016, @05:19AM   Printer-friendly
from the no-pitter-patter-of-little-feet dept.

Whether it's an IUD, a shot, an implant, or a daily pill, birth control is a regular part of many adult women's lives. It has left a lot of women asking: Why not men?

For years, people have tried to create birth control for men. The World Health Organization commissioned what sounded like a promising trial, a two-hormone injection designed to lower sperm count. Initial results looked like it would be 96 percent effective in preventing pregnancy in the participants' partners. But the Stage II trial was stopped after an independent review panel found that the drug had too many side effects. The results were published last week in The Journal of Clinical Endocrinology and Metabolism.

All Things Considered's Audie Cornish sat down with NPR science correspondent Rob Stein to discuss the trial and the reason it was canceled. Here are excerpts of their conversation, edited for length and clarity.

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they realized that a lot of guys were dropping out because they were experiencing side effects. The most common side effect was acne, and sometimes that acne was pretty severe. Some men also developed mood swings and in some cases those mood swings got pretty bad. One man developed severe depression, and another tried to commit suicide. Because of that, they cut the study short.


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  • (Score: 2) by t-3 on Saturday November 05 2016, @06:41AM

    by t-3 (4907) on Saturday November 05 2016, @06:41AM (#422760) Journal

    You're right, after examining a little closer it is a dup, I was thinking this one presented some new info about the study being cancelled, but it doesn't the summary of the other article is justed worded more ambiguously so I misread. I'm interested in what the MRA angle could possibly be? Male birth control should be a huge win for MRA's as I see it, if it works they don't have to be afraid of paying child support. Are they claiming it got cancelled as a feminist plot to control reproductive rights or something?

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  • (Score: 2, Troll) by aristarchus on Saturday November 05 2016, @07:42AM

    by aristarchus (2645) on Saturday November 05 2016, @07:42AM (#422766) Journal

    I claim no special insight into the MRA psyche, but I have to say that what they seem to believe is that what does not kill you makes you stronger, and what is willing to fuck you will kill you. Preying Mantis humans, basically. Or male Black Widows. Not real men, by any stretch of the imagination. Male reproductive rights are the inverse of female reproductive rights. Women say: "Only if I want this child will I carry it to term." Fair enough, it's your body. Pay rent, or get the hell out. Men's Rights Assholes say: "I knocked her up fair and square, with only minimal use of alcohol, so she has to be my baby's bitch for nine months, y'all! Score! Am I right?" And the answer is, you pathetic excuse for a man. Man up, you pussy! Donald Trump is here to grab you, you poor excuse for a man! Right by your Mexicans! So, see? Men's Rights Assholes: they should just admit that they are . . . .

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    • (Score: 1, Troll) by aristarchus on Saturday November 05 2016, @07:55AM

      by aristarchus (2645) on Saturday November 05 2016, @07:55AM (#422768) Journal

      Modded troll after calling Men's Rights Asphaltics out? Could it be! Francis! Is that you, you poor excuse for a man? If not, whoever you are, you are just as poor an excuse for a man, and all us real men will be looking for you in shower, at the Y, or in the Gym, or in the Big House. Don't drop the soap, and be worried, be very worried.

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      • (Score: -1, Troll) by aristarchus on Saturday November 05 2016, @08:10AM

        by aristarchus (2645) on Saturday November 05 2016, @08:10AM (#422770) Journal

        Oh, NOES! Modded troll for complaining about being modded troll by pansy pretend men? Where will this all end? Well, I think we all know where it will end. In your end. You are not fooling anyone Francis! We will find you, and we will make you pay child support, you pathetic man-child not fit to be an actual father person, you!

        Besides, it would be nice to have reversible birth control for men, but the problem, as pointed out much earlier, is one of trust. Trust me , babe, I'm on the pill. See, you men's rights asspholicants? Same line, now coming from you? And you expect any rational woman to believe you? If you even think of saying something like this, you might be a rapist.

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        • (Score: 2, Touché) by The Mighty Buzzard on Saturday November 05 2016, @09:39AM

          Sorry, couldn't help but keep the running gag going at this point.

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          • (Score: 2) by deimtee on Saturday November 05 2016, @11:15AM

            by deimtee (3272) on Saturday November 05 2016, @11:15AM (#422800) Journal

            Yeah, me too.

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          • (Score: 2) by Marand on Sunday November 06 2016, @05:57AM

            by Marand (1081) on Sunday November 06 2016, @05:57AM (#423033) Journal

            Yeah, I'll admit I modded all three comments troll just to keep it going too. It's like when someone complains about getting a Funny mod for a serious comment, so then everyone starts piling Funny mods onto the complaint (and followups) for the humour of it. (I recall seeing that happen here not too long ago, too.)

            • (Score: 3, Funny) by aristarchus on Sunday November 06 2016, @08:30AM

              by aristarchus (2645) on Sunday November 06 2016, @08:30AM (#423063) Journal

              Thanks, guys! You are the wind beneath my balls!

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        • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Saturday November 05 2016, @10:47PM

          by Anonymous Coward on Saturday November 05 2016, @10:47PM (#422937)

          it would be nice to have reversible birth control for men

          Why, when we can knock 'em up, leave 'em, and come back for more?

      • (Score: 0, Troll) by Anonymous Coward on Saturday November 05 2016, @02:00PM

        by Anonymous Coward on Saturday November 05 2016, @02:00PM (#422833)

        Fitting your concept of manhood involves rape and intimidation.