When I heard the news that trials of hormonal birth control for men had been halted because the men in question could not cope with such side effects as “acne and mood swings”, I happened to be flat on the floor with pain. Specifically, I was halfway through the regular 24-hour hell period that has been my monthly reality ever since I changed my contraception. It’s a hardcore enough experience that if men had to go through this on a regular basis, they’d be boasting about it. I did the research for this article while trying not to vomit through the sensation of my insides being slowly gouged out with cold metal hooks of biological inequity. I’m sorry if that’s uncomfortable to read. It’s even more uncomfortable to have happen to you, and hundreds of millions of women and girls go through something like it every month and more, and that’s the point. We cannot talk about reproductive science without getting into the messy, painful stuff that a lot of people would rather women dealt with in private.
Are you man enough for birth control?