The Pill is a favorite form of birth control for men, mostly because their responsibility in the process is basically to say “You’ve been taking the pill, right?”
But any woman who has ever used birth control pills has at some point experienced an emotional thrill ride that left her acting like a cross between Meryl Streep in Sophie’s Choice and Elizabeth Taylor in Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? In between sobbing and screaming, you may have wondered what it would be like if the guy rolling his eyes at you were to experience the same hormonal hell.
Wonder no more. A recent study of injections as a form of male birth control achieved a success rate of 96 percent. But it had to be cut short when 20 of the participants decided to quit because of side effects like mood swings
320 men were given injections of progesterone to lower sperm count and testosterone to counter the progesterone which, to be fair, does sound like a bumpy ride. 20 men couldn’t handle it. 14 of the 20 quit for reasons directly or indirectly related to mood changes. (Other reasons included pain, panic, and erectile dysfunction, which is a form of birth control on its own.)
The authors of the study still called it a “great step forward.” But widely available male birth control looks to be a ways in the future. That’s good for men who won’t have to be on the hormonal rollercoaster, and maybe good news for all of us. After this election, how many more hormonally unhinged men do you want out there?