Why male contraceptives have been discovered but are not in use

Why male contraceptives have been discovered but are not in use

We love children, and we’re really happy to have had them. But we don’t want to become baby making machines, so we’re constantly having to ensure that our birth control is in place, be it IUDs or pills. Guess what, mommies? Researchers in America have finally discovered a birth control hormone that has been found effective in men! Yes, just one injection is enough to ensure safe sex for months together. So far, a study has found that it’s 96 percent effective, which is about the same success rate as our own contraceptive pill.

Good news, you think? Not yet, no. The Journal of Critical Endocrinology and Metabolism released a study last week, recruiting 320 men in the age range of 18 to 45, to test the effects of the injection, which temporarily lowers sperm count. Within just a few days, 20 subjects dropped out. Out of those 20, six men didn’t want to continue only due to changes in mood, as though women haven’t been going through that for decades together. Acne, pain, panic at first injection, hypertension, palpitations and erectile dysfunctions were the reasons other men cited. Note this: only eight out of those 20 said that they experienced more than one of the symptoms.

So, let’s do a basic headcount. How many of us have had to take birth control into our own hands because our husbands are unwilling to wear a condom? You, you, you and you. In fact, the Indian government uses female sterilisation as the primary method of contraception in the country. This means giving up your capacity to bear children forever, whether you want to or not, just because you can’t deal with any more kids at a certain point in time. It was only a few months ago that hormonal injections were introduced in government facilities for women here. Until then, we had to deal with the unhygienic and unsafe surgical methods. Believe it or not, 568 women died as a result of botched sterilisations between 2009 and 2012.

The opposite sex could end all of this with a single male contraceptive that only causes them mood swings. Of course, if it’s going to seriously damage your health with hypertension, or even negate sexual satisfaction with erectile problems, we’d understand. But acne? Hell, I’m 24 years old, and pimples still sprout all over my face because of PCOD. Women I know who’re on the pill have constant breast pain, and one even stopped having orgasms when her clitoris was desensitised (which should technically be comparable to difficulties with erection).

Now, let’s do a comparison. Side effects of female birth control: mood swings, breast pain, acne, clitoral desensitisation, unsafe conditions and, finally, death. Side effects of male birth control: mood swings, acne, hypertension and erectile dysfunction.

Well, is that fair? You tell me.