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Male Birth Control Trials Not Going Well…

Early trials of a new male birth control product were recently halted after several men complained of intolerable side effects. Cenk Uygur, Grace Baldridge, and Hasan Piker, hosts of The Young Turks, break it down. Tell us what you think in the comment section below.

“The finding that the latest version of the injected male contraceptive is now very effective is fantastic news. In a trial of 320 men, researchers found that, over a one-year period, it was 96 per cent effective in preventing pregnancy. A spokesperson for the World Health Organisation said: “The study found it is possible to have a hormonal contraceptive for men that reduces the risk of unplanned pregnancies in the partners of men who use it.”

But the trial of the drug has already been halted – because just 20 of the men (out of 320, don’t forget) found the side effects of the injectionintolerable and it was decided that more research needed to be done to try and counteract them. Those side effects included depression, muscle pain, mood swings, acne and changes to the libido.

Do any of those side effects sound familiar? Oh yes, they’re the minor side effects of the combined pill, used by 48 per cent of women aged 16 to 19, 64 per cent of women aged between 20 and 24 and a majority (55 per cent) of those aged between 25 and 29.

How sad for these poor men – they couldn’t handle the side effects that so many women have to deal with every day just to avoid an unwanted pregnancy. Women have had to bear the responsibility of contraceptionsince the pill was first launched in 1962 – and all of the side effects that go along with it.”*

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Hosts: Cenk Uygur, Grace Baldridge, Hasan Piker
Cast: Cenk Uygur, Grace Baldridge, Hasan Piker


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28 thoughts on “Male Birth Control Trials Not Going Well…

  1. Men having options terrifies the Leftists so they spin stories like this to scare men. The male birth control is coming as long as we keep pushing for it. Female birth control has side effects too and they still use it.

  2. prof men are big babies us woman start going threw cramps ect… starting at ages between 8 to 13 so i say man up quit crying try shove a baby outta your pee hole see how much the shot looks better

  3. Dumb asses, you neglected to explain that it was temporarily stopped due to 4 pregnancies, one suicide also some liver toxicity issues and tumor growths found in animal research labs… not because of side effects

  4. hes such a scum bag talking about "whatever" those are the same side effects women endure. So why cant men also take the responsibility in preventing pregnancies by using birth control. Men are usually the first one to run away or drop out when she gets pregnant when her belly just keeps growing.
    Now I know there are some men that are not like this but its very few

  5. Mood swings like suicidal tendencies, homocidal tendencies, and severe depression (at 3 times the rate women experience depression while on BC). Sounds to me like you are pretty misanthropic. Wanting men to kill themselves and others, including women, all because of birth control. And let's not forget that one participant did kill himself, possibly tied to the experimental drug. Add in that it's still in testing phases and it's still not ready to be released, but you act like it was going to be released at any time now. Some men didn't recover to the same spermrate that they had before.

  6. aww… muffins. guess what boys? those are the same side effects for women's pills. it's also the side effects of having a menstrual cycle! muscle pain and acne and mood swings… yup. Sounds right.

  7. The study was halted due to the high rates of adverse side effects
    The amount of women in the US using the pill roughly 10% of that population have reported experiencing adverse side effects
    In this study roughly 50% of men had acne some breakouts were severe
    5 men were diagnosed with depression with 2 of those men committing suicide which is already the leading cause of death in men from ages 15-45
    20% of those men experience moderate to severe muscular pain and discomfort
    There were a few reported cases of heart problems
    After the trial some men didn't resume spermatogenesis (sperm production) up to a year after use of the contraceptive where some other men took 1.5 years to 4 years to resume sperm production so there was concern that extended use could potentially lead to impotence
    I don't believe they should have stopped research as they should be working out how to decrease these rates and side effects such as the delay in resuming spermatogenesis, muscular pain and depression

    There is also another form of male contraceptive that was being looked at which is one tested on rabbits where a glue like substance was injected into the testicles to prevent sperm from passing through

    Out of these 4 methods:
    Arm injections
    Testicle injections

    I believe men would rather just buy a box of condoms if they wanted to practice birth control
    These arm injections pose no positive benefit to men such as controlling menstrual cycles
    I don't know many men who would pay someone to stab their nuts
    And vasectomies have been found to be irreversible in some cases

    I don't believe it's a one gender is tougher than the other type of ordeal
    It's just the plain fact that women get pregnant and men don't
    Men have no gain from using these injections when you can just buy condoms and skip on the significantly higher rates of side effects male contraceptives than female contraceptives

    Until it is researched more and made safer and is more well thought out the easiest male contraceptive there is are condoms

  8. The only statistic we had in this whole 11 minute argument was that 20 out of 320 wanted to discontinue use because of the listed side effects. No wonder both sides weren't listing science and facts from this experiment, they couldn't. Please get some more facts and re do this video. It's a conversation that needs to be started without 100% emotional main arguments. Makes both parties seem immature and uninformed. I came here to be informed about this new birth control and left feeling like I was listening to toddlers fighting over eating vegetables.
    This is coming from someone who is a scientist and hates her birth control and has a loving boyfriend willing to try birth control.

  9. You can't do market research if you don't know how the drug will be taken. If you don't know if it's a pill or an injection or a patch on your arm, how are you going to ask anyone if they are willing?

  10. Wait.. what was he saying at 4:28 ? When he says women obviously use birth control to prevent pregnancy, especially thinking about women 25-29 when their menstrual cycle isn't as 'strong' or 'devastating'. Does he mean not as painful and less likely to use birth control to reduce cramps? Cramps definitely continue throughout your twenties. At least for a lot of women.

  11. Male contraceptive pills or injection may cause permanent impotency.

    In long term it may create permanent erectile function failure. That is how it will work to men.

    Men must not use such tablet or injection unless they have gone through 10-15 years successful trials , testing and observation with no harm to male sexual system or reproduction system ..

    Remember pharma companies want to sell their products and governments wants birth control. Hence it serves interests of both. But whose door male victim will know if some thing go wrong ? Compensation can not correct the penis dead for sex or lost erectile capacity for ever.

    But what about a men who becomes impotent or lost permanently erectile capabilities after 5-10 years from first use .

    Think think think….For sex women need not to erect any organ. She has to cooperate or surrender only. But men need erection of his penis. So men must never use such phrma-chemicals unless he wants his partner to be used by his friends or neighbors.

    In Case of women contraceptive pill may cause side effect but in case of men it may cause permanent body defect.(penis dead for sex)
    If a man wants his female partner to be enjoyed by his neighbouring men or her friends after a period of time, then use male contraceptive pills and injection.

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