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Of mice and men

Hey, men? Women are ready for you to take on the responsibility of birth control. The good news is that it will be as easy as remembering to take a little pill … women have managed for decades and we’re sure you can, too.

Scientists are developing a non-hormonal contraceptive pill for men; so far the results are promising, with one proviso: so far they’ve only been tested on mice. Researchers found that the pill not only reduced sperm count in mice but was also able to prevent pregnancy with 99% effectiveness. The best part is there were no observable side effects, which is more than we can say for the female version. 😫 These carry an array of horrible side effects like depression, nausea, irregular menstrual cycles, unbalanced hormones and weight gain or loss. 

Women have had to bear the responsibility of different (and painful) contraceptive methods for the longest time. For men, there are only two ways to stay safe and child-free: condoms and vasectomies. Research is still underway to determine the pill’s effect on human males, but this new research could pave the way for a new era of birth control, as the researchers point out

“This isn’t just a question of benefits for men — it’s a matter of working toward ensuring that fertility and contraception are a shared burden and that women are no longer expected to spend the bulk of their fertile years avoiding pregnancy without an active contribution from their partners.“  

Guys, if you need more convincing, use this logic: it makes more sense to unload a gun than to shoot at a bulletproof vest. 😉

This article appeared as part of The Wrap, 8 April  2022. Sign up to receive our weekly updates.