The idea of male birth control may excite some women who are tired of the burden falling on them, and some men who may be itching to take on some responsibility when it comes to contraception. Condoms and vasectomies are the current options for men, while females have various contraceptive options: the pill, intrauterine devices or injections among others, but these place all the responsibility solely on women.
Reports suggest that a second male birth control pill has gone through successful preliminary testing on 30 men according to the Los Angeles Biomedical Research Institute and the University of Washington. Although the new pill is very much in its early stages, it has passed the safety and efficacy preliminary tests.
In 2016, a similar trial ran but was brought to an end due to men’s reports of side effects. In this more recent test, men didn’t experience anything serious. They reported feeling minor fatigue, headaches, acne and decreased libido; things that we women have experienced for years already, it’s about time the men get a taste of our pain!
Though this method has not yet been submitted to the Food and Drug Administration, if approved it will take about 10 years to hit the market, according to co-principal investigator, Dr. Christina Wang.
If male birth control was to be launched successfully, do you think it would it take off? The female pill may have side effects on women now, but if a male partner fails to stick to the pill, the consequences ultimately fall on a woman’s body. Do you think women would be willing to give up the control by trusting their male partner to take the pill regularly?