A Male Birth Control Shot Is Showing Promise (And A Few Side Effects)

Move over, Axe spritzed over top of Brut! There’s a new brand of baby repellant on the town! Or at least there will be soon, by the looks of things.

A recently published study in the Journal of Clinical Endocrinology & Metabolism points to significant progress being made in the pursuit of male birth control options. According to the BBC, researchers have received promising results in their use of a male-specific contraceptive injection. 96% of the men in the study found the technique to be effective with only four pregnancies occurring during research.

That sounds largely good, right? 100% would be a tad better, but there are certainly worse contraception batting averages out there. Naturally, the shots were accompanied with their own set of side effects. “A relatively high number” suffered mood disorders and acne from this brand treatment. The side effects were unpleasant enough for 20 men to drop out of the study, although 75% of participants said they’d be willing to use the contraceptive injection again.

“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,” said Dr Mario Festin of the World Health Organization. “This has been one step in a long journey of finding the right combination for male hormonal contraception.”

Do you think male birth control shots will be a hit when they do eventually arrive in the marketplace? Sort out the answer in the comments.

(Via BBC News)