Apparently men aren't woman enough to take birth control. According to reports researchers discovered a method of male birth control, but then decided to stop the study after men reported side effects including acne and mood swings.
Yeah, you read that right. A study conducted by the University of Edinburgh had to stop because researchers felt the "risks to the participants outweighed the benefits". Over the course of 56 weeks, 320 men between the ages of 18 and 45 received injections containing progestogen and testosterone in several health clinics around the world.
The University of Edinburgh reports that 20 men discontinued participating in the study for changes in mood, acne, pain or panic at first injections, palpitations, hypertension, or erectile dysfunction. These side effects are undeniably unfortunate, and we totally get that — but women have been dealing with similar symptoms for as long as female contraception has existed . . . it's what we have to do in exchange for, you know, preventing pregnancy.
In the end, the testing did prove that male birth control can be effective, though more research needs to be done. Richard Anderson, the author of the study, told Broadly that "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." So can guys get past the mood swings so that male contraception can be an option? We really hope so.