The Case for Male Birth Control

Hormonal male contraception is not a new idea—in fact, researchers have been working on solutions for men since the pill was invented for women. But early tests around male contraceptives were inconclusive, and as birth control pills exploded, there wasn't as much interest in a male version. A new male contraceptive gel, one that reduces sperm count, could change that. It’s been in the works for more than a decade, WIRED’s Arielle Pardes reports this week, and it looks promising. Even if the gel eventually make its way to pharmacies, though, there may still be societal hurdles to overcome. And survey results are mixed, Arielle tells us on this week’s Gadget Lab podcast: Some men indicate they would be reluctant …