Different Stakes, Different Standards

A recent clinical trial of a male contraceptive—an injectable hormone—looked promising, but an independent committee halted the trial because of side effects including “mood changes, depression, pain at the injection site, and increased libido.”

The kicker? Women have dealt with the same side effects, and worse, for decades with female contraceptives. In a detailed comparison, Julie Beck concludes that women have been willing to weather the side effects because the stakes are much higher with unwanted pregnancies. But she adds that even with the side effects, most of the men in the study (more than 80%) wanted to continue using the injectable birth control—indicating a willingness to share more of the responsibility for birth control.
Source: The Atlantic

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