20 Participants Dropped Out Of Male Birth Control Study After They Experienced Side Effects

For years we’ve been told that a reliable and easy male contraception is right around the corner, and for once, it seems like it might be. From 2008-2012, an injection based form of hormonal birth control was tested on 320 men to check not only if it worked, but also if there were any side effects for the men.

Well, it turns out it did work, but the side effects made 20 of the men, or about 6.2% of the participants, drop out. Their complaints? Moodiness, muscle pain, acne, and depression. Sound familiar, ladies?


Before you get up in arms about how men can’t handle what we do every month, by some methods of measure, 6.2% is a high percentage of side effects in contraception, meaning a higher-than-average amount of men experienced bad effects, making the drug not ideal for the public.


That being said, at the end of the study, a whopping 75% of participants said that despite the side effects, they would be willing to use the drug as-is for their contraception needs. Professor Allan Pacey of the University of Sheffield says that this clearly shows that “there is certainly an unmet need for an effective reversible contraceptive for men, along the lines of the hormonal contraceptive for women.” At this, women around the world reportedly let out a frustrated “duh.”


World Health Organization researcher and co-author Dr. Mario Philip Reyes Festin feels optimistic about this study’s implications for the future. “Although the injections were effective in reducing the rate of pregnancy, the combination of hormones needs to be studied more to consider a good balance between efficacy and safety,” he added.

So perhaps it wasn’t a complete wash. Here’s to hoping this happens quickly!