Male Contraceptive Shots have shown a great result in a new study. The only problem is that they have several side effects and the study was stopped. The male contraceptives shots lower the sperm counts and they can be effective in more than 96% of cases.
Until now contraceptives were designed and produced for women. From pills to shots, women can find a variety of contraceptives on the market. The only options for men are condoms or withdrawal during intercourse.
If these male contraceptive shots work, they could revolutionize the world of contraceptives. Couples can decide which one of them is going to use a contraceptive measure, or they can both use one in order to feel safe. Despite the fact that they can stop people from conceiving, these male contraceptive shots don’t defend people from sexually transmitted diseases like syphilis. The only contraceptive that can defend people from STDs is the condom.
The study that was published on Friday in the Journal of Clinical Endocrinology and Metabolism needed to be stopped early because some of the men that participated in the trials were having side effects. The male contraceptive shots made men experience several mood disorders, including depression.
Scientists said that they need to conduct more studies in order to find a dosage that is right for men and that won’t cause any side effects. They mentioned that they need to see which combination of hormones is both effective and safe.
There have been other studies that tried to develop male contraceptive shots or pills, but none of them managed to developed a working product. This one might be the one that is going to determine pharmaceutical companies to produce male contraceptives.
In order to conduct this study, scientists choose 320 men who were aged between 18 and 45 and were from different countries. They choose men from 7 countries: Chile, Australia, Germany, Indonesia, India, U.K., and Italy. All of them had a monogamous relationship and they were able to procreate. All of them received male contraceptive shots every eight weeks.
The study showed that these male contraceptive shots were successful in 96% of the cases and were able to lower the sperm count. This is almost as good as normal contraceptives that have a rate of 98-99%. In the year that followed the study, 95% of men had their sperm count return to previous levels.
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