The testing of a hormonal birth control shot for men has been stopped due to side effects that are similar to women’s birth control.
The study published in the Journal of Clinical Endocrinology and Metabolism regarding male contraception says it’s over 96 percent effective, but was stopped due to side effects of mood swings and depression found in the participants.
KU senior Nicola is prescribed a hormonal birth control pill and has been warned of the same side effects.
“I have been warned by my doctor that common side effects of birth control are depression and mood swings,” Nicola said.
Nurse practitioner in the Gynecology Clinic in Watkins Kathy Guth said these side effects could come from other sources than the pill.
“There are other factors that’ll enter into it,” Guth said. “Especially with college students, there is a lot of stress and external factors that can interfere with not so much of the hormonal birth control method but other factors.”
Guth also says it’s an ethical dilemma. Since women are the ones who can become pregnant, most feel more comfortable taking the pill themselves instead of relying on their partner.
Men can find other birth control methods at www.plannedparenthood.com