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Will This New Male Birth Control Gel Actually Work?

Currently if you’re a man and you want to be the responsible one while engaging in intercourse, there’s really only two options - a vasectomy, which is not convenient or always reversible; or a condom, which is convenient, cheap, and effective at stopping both pregnancies and STDs when used correctly. But some men don’t like the way a condom affects the sensation of sex and would rather do without it.

So the two methods of male birth control rely on physical barriers to stop sperm from reaching an egg. By contrast, there are a lot of female birth control options, and most of them use hormones to prevent an egg from being around in the first place. So what’s stopping men from using some kind of hormonal birth control too?