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Male Birth Control Works

A picture is worth a thousand words — so every week, I’ll feature some positive news in a data visualization.

Last Sunday, researchers with the National Institutes of Health presented findings on a new birth control gel that suppresses sperm safely and effectively — suggesting the option is more effective than using condoms alone.

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Current hormonal and long-acting birth control methods place the responsibility for avoiding pregnancy solely on people who can get pregnant, which some have called a sexist double standard. Pharmaceutical companies have not yet brought male birth control onto the market due to concerns that men would be less motivated to use these methods and that women would not trust their male partners to use these forms of birth control reliably. Making male birth control options available is an important step forward for reproductive justice.