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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.


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, Interesting) by Anonymous Coward on Saturday November 05 2016, @01:47PM

    by Anonymous Coward on Saturday November 05 2016, @01:47PM (#422829)

    There was a similar birth control trial for men in the early 90s to which the response from feminist ran the gamut of men not being trustworthy enough to control their reproduction except by means verifiable by women to chastising about concerns over long term effects to the arrogant waste of pursuing male birth control when funding could have been spent solving the problems with other methods for women.

    And of course: []

    The desire for more options for birth control for men has been around since at least the past 60 years. The arguments against follow the same predictable pattern, and always from the same sectors.

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  • (Score: 1, Interesting) by Anonymous Coward on Saturday November 05 2016, @04:49PM

    by Anonymous Coward on Saturday November 05 2016, @04:49PM (#422876)
    It's going to be amazing. Anyone younger than 50 is going to see the massive change to the socio-sexual landscape.

    With male birth control, virtual reality and 'sexbots'.
    Women are finally going to get that absolute equality they always say they wanted.

    Altho there are actually womens groups against all 3 out there already.
    They see the writing on the wall for their fugly asses.

    The fallout of butthurt when it gets here is going to be EPIC.
    • (Score: 2) by Rivenaleem on Thursday November 10 2016, @01:50PM

      by Rivenaleem (3400) on Thursday November 10 2016, @01:50PM (#425112)

      This is quite ironic, since the only truly secure way for a man to have sex with a woman with the guarantee of no children already involves some butt hurt.