Male birth control: A promising new trial in California, and why reproductive autonomy matters


A form of male birth control is being developed as a gel that is applied to shoulders.
Last week, the Food and Drug Administration decided to permanently drop its longstanding requirement that abortion pills have to be picked up in person. In California, lawmakers have begun preparing countermeasures to expand access to abortion for those who live both in and out of the state.

These developments — along with questions about the future of Roe vs. Wade simmering in the background — have brought reproductive rights to the forefront. However, one aspect of that topic not often discussed is male birth control.

The most advanced progress in male contraception is on the hormonal front, Dr. Brian Nguyen, an Ob-Gyn and assistant professor with the Keck School of Medicine at the University of Southern California, tells The Times.

 


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