Guys, Birth Control Has Side Effects — But That Doesn't Mean That New Choices Are Less Exciting

Time to shape up.

When it comes to birth control, men are traditionally limited to options like condoms or spermicide. But a promising new study published in the Endocrine Society's Journal of Clinical Endocrinology & Metabolism suggests that we might be on the verge of a major birth control development.

During the study, men received injections of a long-acting androgen called testosterone undecanoate (TU) for up to 26 weeks to suppress their sperm counts. The injections worked. 96 percent of participants experiencing a suppressed sperm concentration.

However, the study had to be cut short. In addition to other problems cited by an independent review board, 20 men bailed because of adverse effects associated with the injections, including depression, mood disorders, acne and increased libido. Despite the adverse effects, 75 percent of participants were open to using the new contraceptive again.

Although these side effects are not pleasant, a witty tweet from Twitter user @sjames_fit suggests that men could maybe learn a thing or two from women about handling birth control side effects.


Over 10 million women in the U.S. take birth control every day, living with similar side effects including mood swings, weight gain, missed periods, decreased libido and nausea. There was even a recent study that found that young women who use the pill were more likely to be prescribed antidepressants.

Regardless of gender, if you're using any type of contraceptive, adverse effects are a reality. But it's a double standard to expect different tolerance levels and buy-in from women than we do from men. Let's work towards improving treatment standards for all in need of safe and effective birth control.

A Plus reached out to Twitter user @sjames_fit for a comment.

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