The proven efficacy of the latest version of the injected male contraceptive is great news. In a trial of 320 men, the researchers found that over a period of one year, this contraceptive was 96 percent effective. A spokesman for the World Health Organization said: “The study showed that it is possible to have a hormonal contraceptive for men that reduces the risk of unplanned pregnancies in male partners who use it.
But the trial of the drug has already been stopped, because only 20 men (out of 320 do not forget it) found the side effects of the injection intolerable and it was decided that further research was needed to try to thwart them. These side effects included depression, muscle aches, mood swings, acne, and a change in libido.
Does any of these side effects seem familiar to you? Certainly, these are the minor side effects of the combined pill, which is used by 48 percent of women aged 16 to 19, 64 percent of women aged 20 to 24, and 55 percent of women aged between 25 and 29 years.
What sadness for these poor men, they could not stand the side effects that so many women have to endure every day just to avoid an unwanted pregnancy. Women have had to assume the responsibilities of contraception since the launch of the pill in 1962, and all the resulting side effects.
Regarding contraception, medicine is clearly biased towards men. Women can suffer from diseases such as depression and acne, in the interest of preventing an unwanted pregnancy, while this is far from the case for men. Researchers will now spend millions trying to modify this drug to reduce side effects.
Only 20 of the men surveyed said they could not tolerate side effects, while more than 75 percent of men said they would use contraception. As 20 men were not satisfied, the entire trial was interrupted.
One of the biggest risks for women taking the combined pill is the increased risk of deep vein thrombosis (DVT), which can be fatal. This affects two out of 10,000 women. The lives of young women have been cut short because they took the pill. The advice of the regulatory agency? “The benefits outweigh the risks. “
There is also an increased risk of breast cancer: one in eight women has breast cancer and is responsible for 31 deaths each day in Britain. There is also a high risk of getting cervical cancer or having a stroke, not to mention mood swings, cramps, sore breasts, headaches, migraines, weight gain, heavy and painful periods, should I continue?
The risks of the combined pill are many and taking it is not a pleasant thing. But women have borne this burden for more than 50 years to allow their relationships to evolve without risk of pregnancy. It is offensive and inconsiderate that researchers stop a major trial of a male contraceptive because of some minor effects, yes, they are minor, and if you complain about it as a woman, that’s what your doctor will tell you certainly.
I do not blame the men who gave up the test. I blame the medical facility that treats women as cattle that can cope with the risk of cancer and blood clots to prevent the world from being populated by unwanted babies but who does not want to let men suffer, even though is a mild headache.
For women, the alternatives to the combined pill are not much better. The micro-pill does not present as much risk because it is not full of estrogen, but you may end up with irregular bleeding or no menstruation at all. It’s annoying for many, especially when you’re trying to avoid an unplanned pregnancy. Depo Provera is known for irregular bleeding, some people bleed every day, and it is not reversible. The implant is also known for its disruption of the menstrual cycle. Do not even talk about the IUD.
Stopping the male contraceptive trial is not warranted. Unless the researchers prove that this injection increases the risk of death, cancer or a side effect with a disproportionate risk compared to the forms of contraception that hundreds of millions of women already use.