Male Birth Control? It’s on the Way
I give a big thumbs up to all scientists who work hard towards advancements in technology and medicine.
Today we are making moves toward more male contraception – and no I don’t mean condoms.
I’m referring to the type of birth control methods that are more likely used among couples who have stopped using condoms after a certain amount of time and have committed to monogamy. The only option available to men, other than condoms, is a vasectomy, which is irreversible.
Therefore all birth control methods are a woman’s sole responsibility. That’s a little unfair don’t you think, especially since pregnancy and childbearing are already a woman’s physical responsibility?
In a relationship where both parties decide they trust one another and want to stop using condoms, but they are still not ready for children, it is the woman who must put her body through the risks of birth control pills, patches, IUD’s, depo-provera shots, etc., which all put her health at risk mostly due to inauthentic hormone stability.
At the same time, because it is a woman’s sole responsiblity, men are in turn way too lackadaisical about whether or not their sex partner, or girlfriend, is taking the necessary steps towards contraception.
You can bet that the average guy doesn’t know when his sex partner’s cycle begins and ends, he doesn’t know anything about the pill, the patch, IUD’s or depo, nor does he really care… until something goes wrong and she ends up pregnant. “Aren’t you on the pill? I thought you were taking care of that.” The “we” aspect goes out the window.
Well, since conceiving the child is the responsibility of both the man and the woman, then preventative measures should be on both accounts as well. Lo and behold, male birth control. It’s not here yet, but it’s on the way. Once it is, it’ll provide the option for either gender, or both, to use higher forms of contraception. According to the Huffington Post:
“Indian scientist Sujoy Guha has developed a male contraceptive called (unfortunately enough) Reversible Inhibition of Sperm Under Guidance, and it’s starting to get recognition in the U.S.
RISUG, as we’ll call it, works like this: Men receive an injection of chemicals that form a gel along the vas deferens — the pathway that transports sperm, writes Ars Technica.
The gel can last for 10 to 15 years. During that time it both reduces the number of sperm making the trip, and also physically disables the ones that do make it safely through the passageway…RISUG has been proven to work 100 percent of the time…At any point the man can receive a second injection that dissolves the sperm-blocking gel and reverses the contraceptive.” HP
When I told a friend at work about this advancement he said, “Wow that’s probably not healthy.” My answer was: “Umm..probably as unhealthy as the things a woman takes.” How inconsiderate! However, I do understand that he’s uninterested in killing his sperm, I guess.
Anyway, this is still good news and RISUG is not the only method making waves. So whichever one does stick, I’m just glad we’re approaching some sort of equality in this situation. @SelenaBailey