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Male Birth Control Might Be Ouchie, But Still Not As Bad As Childbirth

And we could actually have it in the next 6 months.

Finally, after years of asking for it, men might finally be able to have access to their own birth control as soon as May next year. 

The Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) has been working on an injectable birth control for men, and it’s wrapped up all the clinical trials it feels it needs to do. They’ve sent it off to the Drug Controller General of India (DCGI) for approval, and if they give it the thumbs up then it could hit shelves in about 6 months.

One of the scientists working on the trials, Dr RS Sharma, has said that:

 “The product is ready, with only regulatory approvals pending with the Drugs Controller. The trials are over, including extended, phase 3 clinical trials for which 303 candidates were recruited with 97.3% success rate and no reported side-effects. The product can safely be called the world’s first male contraceptive,”

It works by injecting the birth control into little tubes that take sperm from the testicle to the ejaculatory ducts, and blocking it so that sperm can’t get out. It’s the same tube that gets snipped during a vasectomy, and blocking it with birth control will last for about 13 years. 

Yeah, basically it’s a needle in the balls. Doesn’t sound like a lot of fun, but neither is a vasectomy. Or childbirth.

Male birth control is something that’s really needed in the world, and at the moment, outside of condoms, men have exactly one birth control option: vasectomies. Everyone should have the right to be able to take charge of their reproductive health, and to do so safely.

I must admit though, if men get a birth control option without side effects, I’d love for us to kick the side effects in women’s birth control too. In the name of equality, no headaches or weird cramps for anyone, please and thankyou.

Here's Why James Van Der Beek Mentioning Miscarriage On TV Is So Important

We don't often hear from the fathers.

Every now and again, reality tv can get really, really real. Dawson’s Creek star James Van Der Beek has been competing on the US version of Dancing With The Stars that’s airing at the moment, and has opened up about his wife’s miscarriage. 

In an October episode, James first announced that he and his wife were expecting their sixth child. Breaking the awful news during the video package before his performance on the most recent episode, he said:

“My wife Kimberly and I went through every expecting parent’s worst nightmare. We lost the baby.”

“You never know why these things happen, that’s what I’ve been telling my kids. All you know is that it brings you closer together, it breaks you open, it opens up your heart, it deepens your appreciation. It makes you more human.”

Miscarriage is a heartbreaking topic, and it’s only fairly recently that we’ve seen a shift in the perception that talking about it is taboo. 

In Australia, every single day 282 women will lose a pregnancy before 20 weeks. A quarter of women under 35 will have a miscarriage, and for pregnant women over 40 that statistic rises to half. Most women will go on to have a healthy baby afterwards, but almost a third of them will get clinical diagnosis of post-partum anxiety or postnatal depression after their next child.

James speaking out about miscarriage on Dancing With The Stars is really important for a number of reasons, but also because we don’t tend to hear from the fathers who have lost pregnancies very often at all – and certainly not on a prime time reality show. 

There is hardly any research on how men deal with miscarriages, but anecdotally we hear stories about how trying to be strong for their partner can mean men can forget to look after themselves. It was a big moment for James Van Der Beek to open up on TV, and hopefully it will mean that some men feel less alone.

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