Subjects of a very promising male birth control study recently quit after experiencing side effects and symptoms that, to be honest, women have experienced for the past few decades since birth control pills and injections became a thing.
According to reports, the researchers of the study said that the male birth control injection was “extremely effective”. However, the clinical trial was reportedly closed after men participating in the study quit because they didn’t like the side effects, which included acne outbreaks, mood swings, changes in their sex drive, depression and changes in their weight, among others, the Journal of Clinical Endocrinology and Metabolism reported.
The study, co-sponsored by the United Nations, included 320 men who were given synthetic testosterone and progesterone shots in order to reduce sperm count, ultimately reducing the chances of getting women pregnant.
The birth control shots were administered once every month and returned a 96% success rate, only a few points lower than the 98% and 99.9% success rate of condoms and female birth control pills.
Despite this, the study was closed following concerns over the said side effects and it has sparked an online debate and in some, an outrage, considering women have been experiencing the same side effects from birth control pills for decades.
In fact, a recent Danish study confirmed that women who took birth control pills are overall 40% more likely to fall into depression.
“Twenty percent or 30 per cent of the women who take oral birth control pills experience depression and have to take medication for it. So the difference just struck me,” Elisabeth Lloyd, professor of biology and philosophy at Indiana University Bloomington told CNN. “They terminated this study once it showed three per cent depression for the men.”
After news broke out of the study being shut down, a lot of women expressed their dismay online.