Women Are LOLing at Why Men Bailed on Male Birth Control
But the long-awaited male birth control pill feels a lot like hovercars — a distant future promise that never actually delivers. While breakthroughs that make it seem like more and more of a reality keep happening, the latest development feels like another few steps back.
A new hormonal shot for men was actually found to be effective in preventing pregnancy, but trials had to be cut short after some men experienced side effects. What kind of side effects, you ask? Things like mood swings, acne, depression — SOUND FAMILIAR? A report has cited that 20 of the male birth control trial’s participants dropped out due to these “safety reasons.”
Some women are, rightfully, mad AF, as these are the same side effects women have always experienced, but for which the pill hasn’t similarly been nixed.
Plans for male contraception being pulled due to side effects women have endured for years should be enough to make you get off the pill
— Stef (@FLOTUK) October 31, 2016
Others are simply at a loss for words.
Presented without comment.https://t.co/Tr3nl2PWlD
— Julie S. Lalonde (@JulieSLalonde) October 29, 2016
Men will experience mood swings with male birth control shots ..
— SUNNI (@SunniAndTheCity) October 31, 2016
men drop out of male birth control trial after experiencing side effects like depression, mood swings, acne… ahem https://t.co/h3sQlqFN9p
— Sapna Maheshwari (@sapna) November 1, 2016
Even some men have their tail between their legs on this one, realizing just how silly the whole thing sounds.
Maybe we kill all the "Man up!" rhetoric now?https://t.co/tbOWSax5Co
— 5'7 Black Male (@absurdistwords) November 1, 2016
Every woman ever: *looks into camera* https://t.co/lnniOLoZds
— Justin (@GigawattConduit) October 28, 2016
But the best way we can think to sum up men complaining about birth control giving them pimples is with a simple and perfect “LMAOOOOOO,” right along with Jenn Schiffer.
— echo & the bunnyjenn (@jennschiffer) October 28, 2016
We can’t help but think that we’ve got a looooong way to go on this yet.
How do you feel about male birth control trials being stopped because of these side effects? Let us know over @BritandCo!
(Photos via John Moore, Evening Standard / Getty)
Back in January, we introduced you to a feel-good cause to inspire your New Year's resolution: a walking challenge to help raise funds for the amazing cancer fighters at The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. I took part in the challenge with the Brit + Co team and ended up walking 105+ miles in January — it was awesome.
This spring, there's a new challenge on the horizon, The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society's Big Climb. The ask: On May 15, 2021, you can step up to take cancer down by committing to climb 1,311 steps, walking 3.2 miles, or doing 440 chair step-ups at home as part of the Big Climb. If you need some motivation to bring movement back into your daily routine — look no further!
As always, it's free to sign up, but climbers are encouraged to set a fundraising goal to help beat cancer. We'll be organizing another Brit + Co team to step up, and I hope you'll join us too! Keep scrolling for a peek at where I'll be completing the challenge in my Los Angeles neighborhood around the hidden Silver Lake Stairs. Happy climbing!
Never underestimate the power of an accountability buddy! I asked my in-laws, my partner, and a few friends to join me so we can keep each other motivated and accountable in completing the challenge — virtual high-fives all around! Also, my dog Fox is a great climber, too.
An aesthetically pleasing backdrop is a huge motivator for me! I'm fortunate to have all sorts of painted steps around my neighborhood to keep the challenge interesting, but you can also keep cool inside with at-home chair step-ups.
Don't forget to share your progress on social — #BigClimb!
Feel free to break the challenge up if you need to by tackling half the distance in the AM and half at sunset. Here's me 1,311 steps later and ready for a break — but, think I earned this one!