Male Birth Control Shots Show Promise But With Side Effects

Posted: Oct 28 2016, 10:48am CDT | by , Updated: Oct 28 2016, 11:14am CDT, in News | Latest Science News

 

Male Birth Control Injection is Promising But Have Side Effects
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  • Injections for Males aid in Birth Control yet cause Health Problems
 

Some of the injections for males that aid in birth control are very effective. Yet they cause health problems too so they are a sort of mixed blessing.

A sort of male birth control has been developed in the form of shots. They contain powerful hormones that prevent the sperm count from exceeding the limits needed to make pregnancy in the females possible.

However, all is not well with this new form of hormonal male contraceptive. For one thing, the side effects were pretty nasty. They included: depressed temperament and various mood disorders. The study regarding this was published in the Journal of Clinical Endocrinology & Metabolism.

The one thing which has emerged from the experimental study is that more research needs to be carried out before these injections could be brought in the market for eager males who want to escape the responsibilities of fatherhood.

The efficiency of the shots is not in question. What is in doubt is the safety of the process of getting the shots. Birth control pills for women have a number of side effects.

The pill, the patch and the IUD have been a part of the sexual landscape for some time now. However, in males, the only option is the condom which is rather risky since it can be faulty or break.  

Also withdrawal prior to ejaculation is another age old method, but it is inconvenient and unnatural to begin with. Also this method is unreliable since sometimes a little semen has already slipped into the vagina via the lubricant that appears before the ejaculate.

As for vasectomies, they are not only an extreme form of intervention but irreversible to boot. Although the studies have looked into a hormonal birth control method in men, the market has yet to see such a product arrive in safe and reliable form. 

The study involved 320 men from 18 to 45 years of age, according to LiveScience. They came from Australia, Chile, Germany, India, Indonesia, Italy and the UK. All of them were monogamous and their female partners were fertile.

The men got the shots delivered every two months or so. This continued for 365 days. The shots contained testosterone undecanoate. They also contained a form of progestogen.

Both hormones suppress sperm production. The shots suppressed sperm counts in men upto 96% of the time. After the experiment was over, the males saw their sperm counts return to normal levels.

However, the side effects made their lives a living hell. Acne, pain, hypersexuality and mood swings were just some of the issues that cropped up. Also some of them became seriously depressed. 

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