by Jasmine Vohra, and Heyam Muflahi
Through a recent clinical trial by the Journal of Clinical Endocrinology & Metabolism, the breakthrough of male contraceptives was made, and unfortunately, neglected. The injectable hormone contraceptive has proven to be 96% effective through a study involving 320 people, however, it was tossed aside because of the complaints of a mere 20. Side effects such as muscle pain, mood swings, acne and changes to the libido are among those that have been deemed intolerable for some men—the same side effects that women have dealt with for years.
The essential problem, is that contraception to men will only bring drawbacks in their lives, and they don’t think to pursue it because they expect that their partners will have taken measures to ensure that a pregnancy is prevented. On the other hand, when women were exposed to birth control, they had discovered a way to avert a disruption so they could focus on their own lives and opportunities, so it is understandable why many endure the side effects that go hand in hand with their freedom.
The complaints of these men are fully justified—it isn’t understandable, however, that the field of medicine is more concerned with the wellbeing and satisfaction of men, while women endlessly enduring these negative effects has prompted no concern. Hypocrisy is fully present in the research and application of birth control through the expectation that women will tolerate harsh side effects while the same can’t be expected of men. If both genders are responsible for pregnancy, shouldn’t both genders be responsible for birth control?