Men who take hormonal birth control could experience ‘feminising’ side effects

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    Followed closely by the condom, the pill is the most popular contraceptive method in the UK, with most people taking the combined pill.

    The pill is an oral contraceptive designed for a woman to prevent them getting pregnant. It stops the ovaries from releasing an egg each month, also known as ovulation.

    It contains “artificial versions of female hormones oestrogen and progesterone, which are produced naturally in the ovaries”, as explained on the NHS website.

    READ MORE: Male contraceptive pill – how it would work as half of UK men said they'd take it

    Taking the combined pill is 99% effective for preventing pregnancy for women and is typically taken once every 21 days with a seven-day break in between.

    There are many different contraceptive pills for women to take, depending on what suits their bodies best, as they can cause various side effects, including weight gain, acne, mood swings or nausea.

    But have you ever wondered what would happen if a man were to take the contraceptive pill? Here we take a closer look.

    What happens if a man takes the contraceptive pill?

    If a man accidentally took a contraceptive pill once or twice, nothing would happen, and they likely wouldn't experience any side effects.

    It's important to remember that it also wouldn't prevent pregnancy.

    This is because one pill doesn't contain enough hormones to make any difference to the male body, and wouldn't stop sperm production.

    However, if a man regularly took the combined pill, which contains oestrogen and progesterone, he could begin to experience some side effects, according to Science Focus.

    This could include 'feminising' physical changes, such as lowering fertility, breast tissue growth, shrinking testicles. It could even cause a reduction in sex drive.

    The side effects could also damage a man’s health if he continues to take unprescribed pills.

    Currently there are only two types of contraceptive methods for men – condoms and a vasectomy.

    However, trials are currently underway for a male contraceptive pill, which works by blocking sperm production.

    Lloyd Pharmacy Online Doctor said: "In a small trial it caused the hormones required for sperm production to drop, and some men experienced side-effects such as acne, fatigue and headache.

    "Some men reported low sex drive and erection difficulties, but none of the participants stopped the trial due to side effects."

    However, this could take several years to establish and to be brought into the UK for use.

    In a survey done by the Independent Pharmacy found that 52% of men would take a male contraceptive pill.


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