A Shot of Reality
Furthering the Conversation
Understandably, it’s frustrating that health problems women have dealt with for decades are making headlines only after men experienced them. The Black Women For Wellness Facebook page posted saying, “Note the very different conversation that is happening around men and birth control than what we see with women. Talking about how the shot works, the side-effects and the on-going research that need to be done to make sure it’s safe for men. I wonder if women will ever get a chance to talk about birth control options in the public atmosphere with the same nuances.”
At the very least, we can only hope that this recent study opens up the dialogue for birth control and its side effects for both sexes, as well as the hormonal effect on individuals who may be transitioning or already dealing with health issues.
Study author Richard Anderson stated, “At the end of the day, it’s going to be a matter of someone taking it, and if they find the side effects too bad, they’re going to stop taking it and look for something else. It’s a matter of trying to improve the option choices so that people find something that works for them.”
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