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Men Abandon Male Birth Control Study Due to Mood Swings, Side Effects

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A Shot of Reality

Though birth control has existed since ancient times, it’s still a taboo subject in our society.

Increasing in popularity throughout the 20th century, a 2013 report from the National Center for Health Statistics showed that more than 99% of sexually active women in their childbearing years (15-44) have used some form of contraception. This includes religious women, with 89% of Catholics in the group and 90% of Protestants reporting contraceptive use at the time.

Among all women who use some form of birth control, the most popular methods were nonpermanent (67%), including the pill and condoms. And yet while women are left to bear the brunt of unintended pregnancies and child rearing, they are often excluded from the discussion of if, how, and where they can buy their birth control, starting with the Comstock Act of 1873. They may have options, but they bear all the responsibility even as politicians refuse to let their opinions count. Regardless of progress, nearly 50% of all pregnancies in the United States are still unintended.

Wouldn’t it all be easier if there were birth control for men? Well as it turns out, aside from condoms, vasectomies, and withdrawal, hormonal and non-hormonal methods are in trials. But one recent study, albeit highly successful, was called off after the men reported mood swings.

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Now people are getting heated about hormones.