About a effective as condoms then?

And less effective than the pill?

A contraceptive injection for men has been shown to be almost 100 per cent effective, and may also increase libido.

The hormone-based jab is designed to lower sperm counts by acting on the brain’s pituitary gland.

Over a year-long trial, nearly 96 per cent of couples relying on the injection to prevent unplanned pregnancies found it to be effective. During this time, only four pregnancies occurred among the men’s partners.

14 thoughts on “About a effective as condoms then?”

  1. Depending on the where the reality of the percentage of “cuckoo children” lies it could be that this is 100% effective.

    I would hope that they tested the paternity of the babies born to the partners to ensure that it was definitely a failure of injection rather than someone playing hide the sausage elsewhere!

  2. “During this time, only four pregnancies occurred among the men’s partners.”

    Yes, but were they the man’s children?

  3. “Have you taken your pill, Leroy?”
    “It’s Jared.”
    “Oh, sorry. Have you taken your pill, Jared.”
    “Erm, yes, sure. Yeah, course I ‘ave. Took it this morning, innit?”
    “Okay Ler…Jared. Jump on, then.”

  4. I would hope that they tested the paternity of the babies born to the partners

    There’s a fairly convincing argument that this should be done as a matter of course.

  5. I love that “increased libido” was reported as an adverse effect. Though it’s quite correct to do so.

  6. 96% is less effective than condoms. When I was married we used condoms for about seven years with zero pregnancies, meaning they were more than 99.8% effective.

  7. 96% is less effective than condoms. When I was married we used condoms for about seven years with zero pregnancies, meaning they were more than 99.8% effective.

    I’ve always suspected that the effectiveness rates were caused less by failure of contraception (although that does happen), but primarily by sabotage by the woman (having an “oops” baby) or a paternity fraud (passing off another mans child as her husbands)

    Outside of contraceptive testing paternity fraud is estimated to occur in about 1-in-20 conceptions (varies substantially by country), but where DNA tests are actually undertaken, this rises to nearly 1-in-5.

    Having a vasectomy along with periodic sperm testing is the only way a man can control contraception with certainty.

  8. Bloke in Germany in Germany for a change

    @jgh,

    All that means is that you were among the 96% (or whatever). The most common failure mode as for all contraceptives, is incorrect use. Which declines with experience .

    Even if these safety issues can be overcome, I think it will fall down on the difficulty of long term studies and the enduring risk of effects on sperm after stopping treatment. The follow up for subsequent pregnancies after stopping is going to take a long time and be very intrusive on the lives of the kids, who did not consent to the trial.

    The efficacy is also questionable as you are relying on the patients to report pregnancies in partners. OJ top of cuckoos there will be pregnancies they don’t learn of or don’t report.

  9. So Much For Subtlety

    dearieme – “Messing about with the pituitary gland seems to me to fall into the category “Very courageous, Minister”.”

    As opposed to the Pill and what it does to women’s hormones? I doubt it would get approval today if it had to pass a modern human trial. But preventing undesirables breeding has always been high on the Left’s agenda so the impact on health doesn’t matter.

    In the meantime we have fish and other animals showing signs of disruption to their hormones and feminisation of their bodies. Let’s see if you can see anyone mention the words “oral contraception” in any of those reports. Because pouring tons of female hormones into the water systems of the West couldn’t be having a bad effect, right?

  10. At some percentage of effectiveness it should no longer be able to be called “contraception.”

    I think 96% is there.

  11. @SMFS,

    New contraceptive pills get licensed all the time. Last one I secured marketing authorization for was about 4 years ago.

    Still, I’m sure you aren’t the type to let the deadweight of your manifest ignorance crush your overinflated ego.

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