Have you heard the news yet? That’s right ladies, you might be on the verge of redundancy when it comes to being in control of contraception. Or, well, maybe not – apparently guys ‘can’t handle’ the side effects women have been struggling with for decades.
In the wake of the recent male contraceptive pill advances, we want to question how fair it is that trials on the new drug have been halted because of side effects like acne, mood swings and depression – all stuff women have been dealing with since the female pill first came onto the market.
Okay, so it’s actually not a pill. It’s a lot simpler than that: one injection that can last for years at a time. All guys need to do is have the injection and voila! Done and dusted. No remembering to take a pill every morning or repeat prescriptions; it’s quick, simple, and relatively painless.
According to The Telegraph over 50% of men can’t wait to take it, so what’s the big issue here then?
Um, the developers behind it apparently aren’t happy with the side effects. You know, those side effects, which as we already pointed out are pretty common place for the other sex. We’ve just about had it up to our necks with all these double standards tbh.
In an interview with the Chicago Tribune, Dr Mario Festin said this:
“The safety committee felt that the number of side effects, particularly the mood changes, were too many.”
Um, we’re sorry… what? If anything, we’d like to think that depression is the worst of the associated side effects. It’s not like we don’t have a male suicide epidemic on our hands already. Yes, having to deal with mood swings is pretty annoying, but it’s definitely not the worst case scenario.
Not only do women have to handle mood swings on the regular every month but these can also get wilder and more extreme if they’re taking hormonal contraception too.
It’s pretty much a lose-lose situation. Someone is going to have to suffer, it seems. Although if these researchers have anything to do with it, it may keep on being the ladies who have to grin and bear it.
Interestingly, 75% of men in this study said they would happily take a male contraceptive – even in spite of the side effects. It sounds like we’re all pretty eager to see some equality on the contraception front so why aren’t medical researchers taking it seriously?
Tbh, we kind of feel like women are often sidelined when it comes to this kind of thing. How do you feel on the matter? Let us know in the comments if you think science could be doing more currently to iron out the side effects that come hand in hand with hormonal contraceptive methods or not.
Because, let’s be honest here, the female non-hormonal contraceptives are pretty antiquated and outdated. Of course, you can always just use a condom, but if it isn’t on properly or is out of date then your chances of getting pregnant anyway sky rocket.
We’d always recommend using a condom anyway though, even if you’re on other birth control, unless you’re actually trying for a baby. But right now we just want to have fun, and we’re pretty sure an STI would put a downer on our mood.
For women, having the responsibility of birth control lying solely on their shoulders is a lot of pressure to handle. With most girls opting to take the pill (in spite of the crazy side effects), you’re pretty much relying on remembering to take a tiny little pill every single day or risk messing up its effectiveness. And, MP!ers, we don’t know about you but we’re pretty forgetful at the best of times.
Ever since the news broke about this new developments (or lack thereof) we’ve seen our faves get vocal about it on Twitter and all we can say is AMEN!
these are the reasons they stopped male contraceptive trials … but those are all known side effects of female hormone contraceptives?? pic.twitter.com/FU1UllWu2b
— Lex Croucher (@lexcanroar) October 29, 2016
I just had a vision of my ideal future relationship: my partner & I take turns every 3 months to get the contraception injection #EQUALITY
— Hannah Witton (@hannahwitton) October 31, 2016
the apparent side effects of the male contraceptive pill are the same ones i know many women (& me) have experienced on the female pill lol
— Nina Nesbitt (@ninanesbitt) October 30, 2016
We’re pretty sure we’ll see a male contraceptive pill/injection at some point. What we want to know is when?
All this boils down to one simple question: If girls can, why can’t boys? We’d love to hear what you make of all this in the comments below. Are you for or against a new male contraception? Why?
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