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A new trial for male birth control is underway, but men won't be popping a pill once a day. Instead, men have to massage a gel into their shoulders after they shower. Some are extremely excited by the prospect of a new and easy form of contraception–one that might take some of the pressure off women to take the Pill. Others are outraged at the fact that a birth-control gel is being created for men and not women. Is this male privilege in gel-form? 

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A worldwide trial for a new form of male birth control kicked off in late 2018. Similar to the birth control pill for women, this method does involve a daily routine: after men shower, they will rub birth control gel into their shoulders. At least 420 couples around the world will participate in the trial. Business Insider's Hilary Brueck reports:

The gel works by inhibiting a man's natural testosterone production. Using a combination of progestin (Nestorone) and testosterone, the treatment interrupts the normal hormone-production processes in the testicles, thereby preventing men from producing viable, mature sperm.
The gel, which takes about eight to 12 weeks to become fully effective, is administered in a single pump on each shoulder. Study leaders suggest that men apply it after they shower, then wait to swim or bathe again for at least four hours (even though the goo dries in about five minutes).
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According to Brueck, there are a number of biological and physical reasons why commercial male birth control has not come to fruition yet.

For one, pharmaceutical companies have focused on developing birth control for women because it's easier, biologically speaking, to block one or two eggs per month than it is to stop millions of sperm from coming out of men's bodies.

This study could be revolutionary. The gel reportedly has fewer side effects than the Pill does for women, and given that condoms are only 85 percent effective, this gel could successfully equalize the responsibility of contraception between male and female partners.

'The goal of the whole field of male contraceptive development is to try and create choices for men and for families,' [Dr. Stephanie Page], who's been working on male-birth-control solutions for roughly a decade, previously told Business Insider. 'A lot of women can't use contraceptives, and men want to share the burden of contraception.'
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But many women feel that a male birth-control gel is the epitome of male privilege. The Pill causes side effects like increased risk for depression, weight gain, and suppressed libido, yet women rely on it in order to live their sexual lives freely. PopBuzz's Jazmin Duribe sums up this group's feelings, saying:

This could be a much-needed scientific breakthrough and will hopefully take the pressure and responsibility off of women. The only question worth asking is, where the hell is our gel at!?!

Female options for birth control are expensive, risky and taxing on the body, yet this trial provides men with contraception that is straightforward. Soon, men will be asking for shoulder massages to rub their birth control in! 

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Is the new method of male birth control the ultimate symbol of male privilege?
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#ThisCantBeReal
#MaleBirthControlFTW