Why is there a demand for male contraceptive pills, given the longstanding use of pills by women?

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  • It promotes gender equality in family planning.
  • Women have long endured the side effects of contraceptives.
  • Women have numerous birth control options, whereas men have limited choices.
  • Cultural and societal attitudes toward male contraception have changed.
  • The responsibility for pregnancy prevention has historically been placed on women.
  • It prevents women from undergoing often painful process of IUD insertion.
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      Amit KumarAmit Kumar

      Clinical trials for a new male contraceptive pill are set to commence in the UK, coinciding with a re-evaluation by women of the traditionally overlooked side effects associated with oral contraception. Women are no longer willing to dismiss the mental and physical effects as personal and individual issues. In the 1970s, a male contraceptive called gossypol was introduced at a global population conference. Elsimar Coutinho, the lead researcher, shared his surprise with this publication, recounting how he was met with boos from women in the audience. Initially, he believed he was equalizing a responsibility, but what he had perceived as the burden of controlling fertility, women saw as a form of liberation. They saw it as their responsibility, and they were managing it. In a 2011 study of limited scale, women were asked about their trust in men to take a daily contraceptive pill, and only half expressed confidence. This might have reflected some impatience with the assumed irresponsibility of men, but at the same time, it indicated a significant level of acceptance that the right individuals were in control.
      In the 1970s, women booed the idea of a male pill. Have we finally changed our minds? | Zoe Williams | The Guardian

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