How The Men’s Pill Could Further Revolutionize Birth Control
The birth control pill has once revolutionized the world: suddenly women were not ‘at danger’ of becoming pregnant, and they would not be dependent on men using birth control in any form available at that time. Women felt free and liberated.
Nowadays, the world could be revolutionized once again: the men’s contraceptive pill might well be on its way and available soon. Actually, research on alternative birth control methods have been a topic of discussion since the 90’s. Research conducted by the Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation demonstrated, that approximately 66% of all respondents believed, that man should be more involved in the choice of contraception and birth control methods.
The men’s pill has been subject to development already since the 90’s. Organon, a Dutch pharmaceutical company, developed a men’s pill which was set to go live in 2005. The pill’s main function was to suppress daily sperm production while at the same time maintaining regular testosterone hormone levels.
The male pill, naturally, is not a replacement for condoms, as the pill does not protect against HIV. However, the pill is an ideal alternative for couples, where the woman cannot take the pill for whichever reason, or when both partners want to be equally involved in birth control. The main disadvantage is that the man must remember to take the pill each and every day.
Essentially, any male person can take the pill. Although the pill is still in a testing phase, there are no specific reasons why a man should not take the pill. It should be repeated, however, that again the male contraceptive pill is not a replacement for the use of condoms, especially in the event of casual sex. No serious side-effects are currently known when men would take the contraceptive pill, apart from slight weight gains in a small percentage of men.
The men’s contraceptive pill might well hit the consumer market soon, and the various studies and results seem promising. The big question remains, whether men will actually use it. And if so, will it be used as a substitution to other contraceptive methods, or in addition to other methods? Only time will tell us the answer, and we are excitingly watching the progress of this development.