New Male Birth Contraceptives
by mira2917 on May 14, 2017 - 6:12pm
New Male Birth Contraceptives
Young girls and women everywhere instantly begin to think about what form of birth control will work for them the moment they have their first sexual encounter. But the question is, why do females instantly take on this precaution while men barely need to think ahead enough to bring a condom? Women already take on the burden of menstrual cycles and the possibility of growing a baby in their stomach, why should they also have to go through the struggles of finding a birth control that works for them? This article discusses the advances the medical field has been making in regards to new male birth contraceptives.
The article explains that in this latest study, three hundred and twenty men from around the world were given a two hormone contraceptive injection. Being created to lower sperm count and expected to be ninety-six percent effective, the trial was cut short due to the men participants reporting “too many side effects”. The procedure was a simple shot given every 8 weeks consisting of the synthetic form of testosterone and norethisterone enanthate, basically evolving from the hormones in female birth control. Scientists realized that many men had begun to withdraw from the testing due to the side effects it began to cause. The most frequent side effect reported was acne, the next was irregular mood swings. One man in the study developed severe anxiety, while another attempted to commit suicide. Due to this, the study was cut short. The administers speaking with the men that did not discontinue the injection, reported that they would continue to use this birth control if it was available. The article doesn’t forget to mention that women have had to deal with the same type of side effects with many of their hormonal birth control options.
In the past few months I have struggled with multiple types of birth control, making the idea of anything associated with contraceptives painful and emotional. The idea of male birth control has crossed my mind so many times recently that I had to do more research on it. I find it aggravating that so many of the participants discontinued to volunteer from the research just because there were side effects. Women deal with these side effects every day, but continue to tolerate them for her own safety the safety of her sexual partner. People argue that men resist the use of contraceptives because they do not run the risk of getting pregnant as women do without protection. I find this upsetting and it completely proves that there is a double standard and unfair burden on women in society. This leads me to ask the questions: what other types of male birth control can be created and tested? Could these hormones be developed in a pill form? Lastly, because it lowers sperm count, does sperm count regulate back to normal once the hormones are no longer taken? The development of a male contraceptive could affect new generations immensely, depending on how and if society and the male population chooses to use it.