Monday, October 31, 2016

Contraceptive Side Effects OK for Women, but not Men

 A drug trial for a male contraceptive injection has been halted because 20 out of 320 men experienced side effects. Those side effects included depression, muscle pain, mood swings, acne and changes to the libido.

A spokesperson for the World Health Organization said: “The study found it is possible to have a hormonal contraceptive for men that reduces the risk of unplanned pregnancies in the partners of men who use it.”
In a trial of 320 men, researchers found that, over a one-year period, it was 96 per cent effective in preventing pregnancy.

Women have endured the same and worse side effects for years, but clinicians just assumed that was part of the responsibility women should bear in reducing unwanted pregnancies. Does this mean that men are just "helping" women in a job that really belongs to women anyway? Does this come from the hierarchical idea that men should not be held accountable for their actions, and don't truly have responsibility for unwanted pregnancies?