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Will there ever be birth control for men? Clinical studies say possibly, but funding and interest are major issues

Research and science shows there are advances that would allow men to take birth control in many of the same ways women do.

The issue is a lack of funding and quite frankly, lack of interest.

For the 30 studies done on male birth control since 2005, over 500 have been done on erectile dysfunction.


Women have various options, and some come with serious side effects. Women have had IUDs break off in their bodies and needed them surgically removed, and other women have hormonal reactions that can cause weight gain or depression.

In a world where women have countless ways to prevent pregnancy, the responsibility falls entirely on them because for men, there are only condoms.

While research remains low, there are still researchers and experts moving ahead with the effort.

According to CNY Central, there are three forms of hormonal birth control options being tested for men. First is a long lasting injection to prevent pregnancy, then a daily pill, and finally a hormonal gel that suppresses sperm.

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At this moment volunteers are being sought for trials with the hormone gel, but funding is a major issue.

No pharmaceutical companies show any interest in funding male contraception.

Major funding has not happened in 15 years, and the major companies that once funded trials were Pfizer and Merck, who appear to have no interest in the studies today.

Companies also feel men will have little interest in male contraception, resulting in it not be a profitable use of funding.

Research has shown that there is a market for male contraception.

89% of men have said it’s important to them that their contraception method be reversible, 85% want to prevent pregnancy with their partner, and 82% of men who have experienced unplanned pregnancy with their partner in the past are interested in new kinds of make contraception.



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