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Male Birth Control Pill May Be on Its Way

There's been talk about a male birth control pill that guys can take to stop their sperm production and prevent pregnancy. It's reversible, just like the female pill, so when a man stops taking it, he'll begin producing sperm again. This video states that the man pill has positive side effects for guys that might entice them like increased muscle and bone mass (we're talking all around body muscle, not his man muscle). Right now, this male pill is being tested on humans, but only for its muscle-building benefits. Researchers say that we'll have to wait at least 5 to 10 years for a version that will prevent pregnancy.

A part of me feels like the male pill is a great idea, because it's really not fair that so many women are the ones in charge of preventing pregnancy. Besides condoms, most other forms of contraception like the Pill, the Patch, the NuvaRing, implants, diaphragms, and the Shot, all involve our effort and our bodies. I think it's about time that a male birth control option was available so we can share the responsibility.

On the other hand, another part of me wonders if I'd even trust that the guy I was with would be mature enough to remember to take the pill everyday and at the same time. I can just picture it. I'm making out with a guy and he says, "Don't worry baby, I'm on the pill." I don't think I'd be 100 percent convinced.

So ladies, what do you think of the male birth control pill? Would you want birth control to be in the hands of your man? Do you think guys would even consider taking hormones?

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bebe16 bebe16 7 years
ahhhh why do we have to wait so long right girls i would get my man to try it too
Lacey91205 Lacey91205 8 years
i would def. make my man try, maybe he can see what it is like to try to remember to take the pill at the same time everyday
ultimatejas ultimatejas 8 years
Gnimish makes a really good point here.
tkoblondee tkoblondee 8 years
I think more men want this than you think! I personally think it's way, way overdue.
Anenimenie Anenimenie 8 years
Haha, I would appreciate the gesture if a boyfriend offered to do this for me but I wouldn't trust it to anyone but myself. Even a responsible guy can forget sometimes and I'll end up being the one carrying the baby for nine months. I agree with LaLaLaurie06 too, I like the added benefits of having a regular, less extreme cycle.
Anenimenie Anenimenie 8 years
Haha, I would appreciate the gesture if a boyfriend offered to do this for me but I wouldn't trust it to anyone but myself. Even a responsible guy can forget sometimes and I'll end up being the one carrying the baby for nine months.I agree with LaLaLaurie06 too, I like the added benefits of having a regular, less extreme cycle.
purpleisafruit purpleisafruit 8 years
No offense to any male readers, but I would never leave my means of contraception up to anyone else but me. If both parties chose to take a pill, fine. But that's just not something I'd leave to someone else to make the decision for me.
kikidawn kikidawn 8 years
Oh shoot I put "thinks" instead of "thought"! lol :ROTFL: (sorry)my guy is a pretty liberal equality driven guy. But when we first had the talk about male birth control he was like that 'it's a girl thing' ... but then we talked and he said he understood. I think he was just freaked out about the whole taking hormones thing :)But yeah rivrchild, both he and I agree it takes two to make a baby. And my boyfriend reminds me every night at 9 that it is time for me to take my pill too :D
kikidawn kikidawn 8 years
Oh shoot I put "thinks" instead of "thought"! lol :ROTFL: (sorry) my guy is a pretty liberal equality driven guy. But when we first had the talk about male birth control he was like that 'it's a girl thing' ... but then we talked and he said he understood. I think he was just freaked out about the whole taking hormones thing :) But yeah rivrchild, both he and I agree it takes two to make a baby. And my boyfriend reminds me every night at 9 that it is time for me to take my pill too :D
gnimsh gnimsh 8 years
Oh please. Will a guy remember to take the pill? Of course he will. Women do...though my girlfriend has forgotten some times. I can't believe you just pin it solely on the guy as the one who won't be able to remember (Thank you, ufshutterbabe!). Its not like its hard to couple taking the pill with something you do every day anyway, say like brushing your teeth when you get up or before going to bed. I've been wanting a male pill for a long time now, and I don't want it for the "fairness" reasons most of you girls have been talking about. As a man, I think it sucks to have to rely on the girl alone and what she's telling you...all we have are condoms. Once one of those fails on you, its a lot harder to use them by themself again. Suffice it to say that reliable birth control can save a lot of heart ache. And for the ladies who think it won't be "manly enough" for guys to take it...at my university there is a group called the pro-choice coalition. We had a meeting on male birth control one night, and there were a lot more guys there than anyone expected, and all of them said they would use male birth control if it were available. This is not the only birth control in pill form out there for men, there's also one that works on changing the genes in sperm, to remove a protein they need to bind to the egg. Its called RNA interference, but it also won't be available for 5-10 years.I'll concede here that I feel the same way about side effects as most of you ladies probably do (I didn't see to much about it other than "losing his soldiers). Women have been taking the pill or 40-some years now, putting up with all these different side effects the whole time. All of a sudden the possibility for a male birth control pill comes out and men are like "we want no side effects, we've seen what it does to women who take it." I think this is totally unfair. If women have been willing to put up with these effects for such a long time, men should be too. And if you are depressed about having to wait 5-10 years for this pill, why don't you google RISUG? RISUG is an outpatient procedure where they make a small incision in the same place you would for a vasectomy, but instead of some snipping they put in chemical compound that reverses the polarity of the sperm cell as it passes, causing it to (basically) explode. At this point its still in the vas deferens. RISUG has been developed and tested in India for the last 10 YEARS. One insertion, depending on the size of it, can LAST for 10 to 15 years as well. The only time any of the wives/girlfriends of the test subjects got pregnant while they were on RISUG was because it was administered improperly. Did I mention no side effects? The only thing noticed was a swelling at the point of insertion which calms down in a few weeks afterward. It is currently in stage III of testing, but the company that makes the compound is a year late coming out with...when you think about why it will probably never be available in the US, its not that big a surprise. The big pharma industry makes billions of dollars off you ladies and the various forms of birth control available to you. They all need to be taken daily, monthly, with the exclusion of the shot, and if there was birth control for a man that lasted 10-15 years, they would make hardly any money on it. This is why there is such a push towards a pill which must be taken daily, because it is guaranteed to make money. There are more men who want their own birth control than you think, but the big pharma companies are the ones who are against it, because THEY believe its a woman's responsibility.
gnimsh gnimsh 8 years
Oh please. Will a guy remember to take the pill? Of course he will. Women do...though my girlfriend has forgotten some times. I can't believe you just pin it solely on the guy as the one who won't be able to remember (Thank you, ufshutterbabe!). Its not like its hard to couple taking the pill with something you do every day anyway, say like brushing your teeth when you get up or before going to bed. I've been wanting a male pill for a long time now, and I don't want it for the "fairness" reasons most of you girls have been talking about. As a man, I think it sucks to have to rely on the girl alone and what she's telling you...all we have are condoms. Once one of those fails on you, its a lot harder to use them by themself again. Suffice it to say that reliable birth control can save a lot of heart ache. And for the ladies who think it won't be "manly enough" for guys to take it...at my university there is a group called the pro-choice coalition. We had a meeting on male birth control one night, and there were a lot more guys there than anyone expected, and all of them said they would use male birth control if it were available. This is not the only birth control in pill form out there for men, there's also one that works on changing the genes in sperm, to remove a protein they need to bind to the egg. Its called RNA interference, but it also won't be available for 5-10 years. I'll concede here that I feel the same way about side effects as most of you ladies probably do (I didn't see to much about it other than "losing his soldiers). Women have been taking the pill or 40-some years now, putting up with all these different side effects the whole time. All of a sudden the possibility for a male birth control pill comes out and men are like "we want no side effects, we've seen what it does to women who take it." I think this is totally unfair. If women have been willing to put up with these effects for such a long time, men should be too. And if you are depressed about having to wait 5-10 years for this pill, why don't you google RISUG? RISUG is an outpatient procedure where they make a small incision in the same place you would for a vasectomy, but instead of some snipping they put in chemical compound that reverses the polarity of the sperm cell as it passes, causing it to (basically) explode. At this point its still in the vas deferens. RISUG has been developed and tested in India for the last 10 YEARS. One insertion, depending on the size of it, can LAST for 10 to 15 years as well. The only time any of the wives/girlfriends of the test subjects got pregnant while they were on RISUG was because it was administered improperly. Did I mention no side effects? The only thing noticed was a swelling at the point of insertion which calms down in a few weeks afterward. It is currently in stage III of testing, but the company that makes the compound is a year late coming out with...when you think about why it will probably never be available in the US, its not that big a surprise. The big pharma industry makes billions of dollars off you ladies and the various forms of birth control available to you. They all need to be taken daily, monthly, with the exclusion of the shot, and if there was birth control for a man that lasted 10-15 years, they would make hardly any money on it. This is why there is such a push towards a pill which must be taken daily, because it is guaranteed to make money. There are more men who want their own birth control than you think, but the big pharma companies are the ones who are against it, because THEY believe its a woman's responsibility.
rivrchild rivrchild 8 years
I agree kikidawn. I'm sorry, but last time I checked it takes a woman AND a man to make a baby. It's not just a girl thing. Remind your boyfriends of that. And I would have my bf take his pill with me every time so that I'd know he wouldn't forget. It wouldn't be that hard because we've been living together for 2 years and he's gotten so used to me taking mine every morning that he sometimes wakes me up to remind me if I've missed the alarm in the morning.
rivrchild rivrchild 8 years
I agree kikidawn. I'm sorry, but last time I checked it takes a woman AND a man to make a baby. It's not just a girl thing. Remind your boyfriends of that. And I would have my bf take his pill with me every time so that I'd know he wouldn't forget. It wouldn't be that hard because we've been living together for 2 years and he's gotten so used to me taking mine every morning that he sometimes wakes me up to remind me if I've missed the alarm in the morning.
kikidawn kikidawn 8 years
llsand, my guy thinks the same thing. I just say that once it is on the market then he will take it or I will quit taking mine and we can stop having sex. Yeah that's harsh, but come on birth control should be a two way street. I am ready to have a baby, and he isn't so if he doesn't want one and there is a way for him to prevent (i.e. the male pill) then he should be taking it. I think it's b/s that it's labeled as a 'girl thing'.
kikidawn kikidawn 8 years
llsand, my guy thinks the same thing. I just say that once it is on the market then he will take it or I will quit taking mine and we can stop having sex. Yeah that's harsh, but come on birth control should be a two way street. I am ready to have a baby, and he isn't so if he doesn't want one and there is a way for him to prevent (i.e. the male pill) then he should be taking it. I think it's b/s that it's labeled as a 'girl thing'.
mlen mlen 8 years
i would stay on the pill too- it has other benefits- but if my guy wanted to take the man pill as well i'd be all for it- cause i already insist on a second form of birth control besides my pill cause i've known people who got pregnant on the pill and i am paranoid. so i'd feel safe enough if we were both on the pill! but i wouldn't trust just him to take it- i'm just to paranoid haha
llsand llsand 8 years
My man thinks it's a " girl thing ". Although i don't think he represents most men, i do think lots of them are going to have the same " primitive " answer at first. In my opinion, it will take a lot of time for it to be accepted.
katlovesclothes katlovesclothes 8 years
More power to those of you who have been successful with natural options- really, I'm glad you are happy and that it is working for you. But readers, with all due respect, I know a NUMBER of young guys who've used condoms and been hit with "I was on the pill/injection/patch BUT the little stick turned pink" talk. And frankly, I think responsible men might prefer the pill as an alternative to 18+ years of child support or painful, permanent vasectomy surgery-- especially when it means they can choose (when and with whom to) properly devote themselves to the tremendous responsibility of parenting! I know when i have a son about to go college, I'll haul his butt to the doctor for the prescription (same as I would for a daughter)!
katlovesclothes katlovesclothes 8 years
More power to those of you who have been successful with natural options- really, I'm glad you are happy and that it is working for you. But readers, with all due respect, I know a NUMBER of young guys who've used condoms and been hit with "I was on the pill/injection/patch BUT the little stick turned pink" talk. And frankly, I think responsible men might prefer the pill as an alternative to 18+ years of child support or painful, permanent vasectomy surgery-- especially when it means they can choose (when and with whom to) properly devote themselves to the tremendous responsibility of parenting! I know when i have a son about to go college, I'll haul his butt to the doctor for the prescription (same as I would for a daughter)!
chakra_healer chakra_healer 8 years
In general, I am anti-hormonal birth control. With the exception being for women, or men, who need to regulate their hormones with a pill. I just do not think it is safe for the environment or people to have these massive amount of hormones flushed (literally) into our water supply. I mean, that's something Pur won't filter out, haha. So, use a condom or pull out, abstain, drink parsley tea, use lemons, etc., but we need to find other, less damaging methods of BC.
Sarahab145 Sarahab145 8 years
never gonna catch on, birth control is known for being for girls, guys wont think its manly enough
nicachica nicachica 8 years
i agree - what's the harm in doubling up? we could take our pills together! hehe...was that too syrupy-sweet?
klandrach klandrach 8 years
A couple months ago my boyfriend heard something about this and said he would gladly take it. That was even before the "bonus" side effects. I think it would be nice and I would be all for it. Probably continue taking mine though since I like the light periods and regularity.
sugarbritches sugarbritches 8 years
Doubling up wouldn't hurt, but I wouldn't trust this alone.
ufshutterbabe ufshutterbabe 8 years
bisou002 - hormones in birth control are what cause the blood clotting problems. There are IUDs that are hormone free. I've also been told by several doctors that the low levels of hormones in Mirena (IUD) are not cause for concern, even if you are predisposed to blood clots. Maybe these still aren't safe for you, but if you're interested make sure you specifically ask your doctor about them. For years I thought I was in the same boat as you, but it turns out Mirena is fine for me, and its been fantastic! RE: The male pill - there are plenty of guys out there that might think the same thing about women "how can I trust that she's taking the pill, or taking it correctly?" I think that it would be great for guys to have their own "back-up" option, aside from condoms. And just like the female pill regulating cycles, if there's a bonus desirable side effect for guys (muscle mass), you might be surprised how many men would be interested in it.
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