The next frontier of sexual liberation is close – the male contraceptive is almost here!
For decades now, scientists have been progressively working towards developing birth control for men, and the recent news that the injected male contraceptive is now just as effective as its female counterpart is groundbreaking.
In a trial of 320 men, aged between 18 and 45, researchers found that, over a one-year period, a new hormone-based injection was 96% effective in preventing pregnancy.
The hormones injected into the men on the trial were shown to dramatically lower their sperm count by “switching off” the male reproductive system.
The drugs did however cause some unpleasant side-effects, meaning that the trial had to be halted early. Of the 320 participants, 20 experienced mood swings, depression, muscle pain and acne. Despite this, 75% of the participants said they would be happy to take the male contraceptive on a regular basis.
Richard Anderson, a professor of clinical reproductive science and author of the study, said: “If you’re comparing it to other reversible male methods, it’s far better than the condom and it puts it in the same ballpark as the pill.”
The male contraceptive is not the only new and innovative form of protection that is set to be on offer. The predominantly male condom is now available in female form. The disposable contraceptive device, which is marketed by The Female Health Company, is the only female condom approved by the US FDA and cleared by the World Health Organization.
The condom provides dual protection against unintended pregnancy and sexually transmitted infections, offering what it claims to be a thoroughly safe sexual experience for both parties.