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Men want to use a contraceptive pill—so why won’t we give it to them?

Polling shows over a third of men would want to take it, and research trials are looking positive. It's time to have an honest conversation about the male pill

By Jade Azim  

The pill transformed contraception. When will there be a male equivalent? Photo: Prospect composite

The Pill has been a constant part of the lives of millions of British women for more than half a century. The female hormonal contraceptive pill was introduced on the NHS in 1961—for married women. In 1967, the pill became available to all. It is now taken by 33 per cent of British sexually active women. Its popularity is a reflection of female sexual liberation in Britain from 1960s onwards. But it is nonetheless propagated on…

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