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Men who think the birth control pill is some kind of magic anti-baby substance with no trade-offs or adverse effects whatsoever can look forward to having those illusions shattered as we make progress toward pharmaceutical contraception for dudes. Most recently, as Broadly reports, a study on a 96 percent successful male contraceptive injection ended early after 20 participants dropped out, citing issues that included mood changes, acne, and even the pain of the first injection.

In other words, they couldn't handle the same exact kind of hormonal shenanigans and discomfort that make the pill problematic for women.

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You'd think that after a lifetime of complaining about wearing a condom, guys could tough out some pimples to help usher in a new era of birth control. Instead, they hightailed it home to long-suffering wives and girlfriends who will no doubt be very understanding about their decision to jump ship.

Still, there's reason to hold out hope, given the researchers' conclusions: "The study regimen led to near-complete and reversible suppression of spermatogenesis," they wrote. "The contraceptive efficacy was relatively good compared with other reversible methods available for men."

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Now, if there were only some way to suppress crybaby tendencies in adults with a Y chromosome...

Sources: Broadly