Why I’m Outraged By The Halting Of A Successful Trial For A Male Contraceptive Injection
So over the last couple of days, I’m sure you’ve heard the news about a new contraceptive injection trial that’s been taking place for the last year. Yes, soon men will have a higher responsibility to prevent unwanted pregnancies besides putting a rubber on.
The trial which involved approximately 230+ men (every source I’ve checked has a variation of figures) had a success rate of 96% and yet it’s been stopped because a small minority we’re suffering side effects. Now don’t get me wrong, these side effects aren’t nice, they consist mainly of depression, acne, mood swings and muscle pain but doesn’t this sound familiar ladies? Ever since the invention of the contraceptive pill in the 1960’s, it has been common place for a woman to take responsibility for unwanted pregnancies.
I don’t wanna throw the phrase in, but I’m gonna and it takes two to tango.
The contraceptive pill in the decades it’s been available in the UK has caused women of all backgrounds, class etc to have side effects and it’s something we’ve been told to just deal with. And yet when some men start to suffer the same health risks us women do, suddenly the trial can’t be continued. Instead millions of pounds will now be spent on reducing said side effects to make it more tolerable, if that doesn’t scream sexism in the world of medicine then I don’t know what will.
Other forms of contraception besides the pill equally have just as scary side effects, for example the implant (a matchstick sized rod inserted into the arm which releases hormones to thicken the cervical mucus, preventing sperm from joining the egg) increases the risk of cysts on the ovaries. There is an equivalent available right now to the male contraceptive injection, and it’s the injection, but as you guessed it for women which can increase the chance of bone loss.
Like come on, women are risking the breaking down of their bones but mood swings and acne is too much for our male counterparts.
The male injection itself was tested over a 12 month period and resulted in only 4 pregnancies from the 230+ men, which works out to be 1.57 births per 100 users. This is strikingly similar to that of the combined pill which has a pregnancy rate of less than 1 birth per 100 users. So why are we stopping everything because 20 men had side effects which women have suffered for over 50 years?
This of course is not the fault of the men who stopped partaking in the trial, hell some of those side effects are horrible to experience. But this shows women across the UK that the medical establishment, think lower of them. That might appear like a sweeping statement, but if you read my previous points of the risks women regularly go though, I think you’ll reconsider. I myself am on birth control, the POP pill to be precise and the side effect I face is not having periods whatsoever.
Yes I can hear a group of women screaming with jealously that I don’t have to deal with bloody tampons and cramps every month, but it can be a concerning side effect especially when no oral contraceptive is 100% safe. I’ve read articles online that share the same disgust that I and I’m sure many women taking oral contraception will share, especially though who have been told by their GP that their side effects are only ‘minor’.
I’ll leave you with this quote from Mario Festin, Co-author on the research paper from the World Health Organisation: “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.” So in conclusion ladies according to Mario depression, acne, mood swings and so on aren’t safe or efficient for men, but are for women.
And people say sexism no longer exists, what a pile of horse shit.