Researchers have finally developed a contractive injection for guys.
While it proved to be effective in preventing unwanted pregnancies in a clinical trial, it’s unlikely it’ll hit the market till 2018.
‘Cause 20 of the blokes involved the study couldn’t hack the side effects of the progestogen and testosterone combo shot and as a result, the research was prematurely ejaculated by reviewers.
Some of the reported effects included depression, emotional disorders, acne and muscle pain. You know, just them classic feels a large majority of pill-taking women experience for a few days of every month.
While it’s all good and well to bag these blokes out and call them wimps, it goes without saying male mental health is a huge issue both here and overseas, and the decision to halt the groundbreaking study wouldn’t have been made on a whim.
“Although the injections were effective in reducing the rate of pregnancy, the combination of hormones needs to be studied more to consider a good balance between efficacy and safety,” said co-author of the paper, Mario Festin.
The trial involved 320 healthy men from all over the globe (‘Straya included), researchers found the 56 week trial to be 96% effective. It still looks like the Food and Drug Administration is going to approve it – a first since the humble dinger was introduced.
Depending on your gender and/or orientation, that news could either soothe like a heat-pack to a cramping stomach or sting like a stubborn needle to the ballsack.
The idea of a male contraceptive has been debated for years.
The world over, women are expected to shoulder the responsibility of protecting themselves from unwanted pregnancies, with 62% of women at reproductive age using contraception. Be it the classic pill, the implanon, IUDs, the progestogen-only mini pill or female sterilisation, all of the current methods of hormonal contraception that have been afforded to women over the past 60 years are not without their limitations.
As is the case with any hormone-altering medication, the side-effects of contraception range from mildly irritating to traumatic. Depression, anxiety, weight gain, acne, headaches, migraines, unwanted bleeding or intermenstrual spotting, sore titties and decreased libido are all relatively common. For many, finding what works is a frustrating trial and error process.
And that’s without mentioning the financial burden. For example, three months worth of the combined oral contraceptive Yasmin will set you back $75 bucks, minimum.
Depending on how you look at things, male contraceptives will be just as politicised as the female alternative. It could be yet another excuse for him to forgo a rubber.
It’ll be a little while longer till pills like Yasmin and Estelle are replaced with Pete and Darren varieties – but the future is exciting.
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