For 50 years women have adjusted their hormones to prevent pregnancy with a variety of birth control pills. Now, for the first time, it looks like men might have the opportunity to do the same.
Over 1,000 Chinese men between the ages of 20 and 45, who had fathered at least one child within two years of enrollment, took part in a study that involved monthly injections of a testosterone-based contraceptive. The injections were found to be 99 percent effective in preventing pregnancy in their partners, similar to the female birth control pill. Within six months of stopping the monthly injections, which reduce testosterone levels in men, all but two men returned to normal fertility.
There is no set timeline for the male hormonal contraception to be available to consumers, but would you ask your partner to get the injections?