There are many contraceptive options on the market nowadays; one of these is the male pill.
But how many people are interested in this form of contraception?
According to research by a Dr Susan Walker, only half of the women and men she questioned said they would use the male pill when it came on the market.
The women were apparently worried that their partners would forget to take the pill, while some of the men believed taking the pill would detract from their masculinity, because a contraceptive pill was culturally associated with women.
Strangely, men weren’t concerned about the pill having an effect on them biologically, such as causing infertility, but the fact that the pill was associated with femininity. On the other end of the scale, some men believed that taking the pill would be the more responsible way of practising masculinity.
If you’re a woman, how do you feel about your man taking the pill, and if you’re a man, how would you feel taking the pill?
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That pesky little pill eludes me some days. At least, it eludes my memory.
I don’t mind the responsibility of contraception in my relationship – someone has to do it, and I think there is less pressure since we’re not worried about whether we get pregnant or not.
But for those of you who become petrified if you miss a pill and religiously avoid sexual contact for seven days after missing one, how about trying something new?
There are a range of options available for both men and women, so you can involve your dearest in the responsibility as well.
For men, they could consider having a one-off blast of ultrasound energy to their testicles – this halts sperm production for as many as six months. There are concerns about whether this would affect a man’s fertility in the long term, which is why your man could also consider the male pill or the injection. But it seems you may have to continue to bear the burden of responsibility here: both the latter options will only be available in 10 years, while the former is only starting human testing next year.
So, since it’s still up to you, there’s the underskin implant, the patch, the IUD, the injection and the pill. I have been oh-so-tempted to go for an injection, which lasts six months, but I’ve heard that injections cause problems, not least of which include the formation of excess cellulite after stopping. This is an unfounded rumour, however, and is not to be taken too seriously.
What is the status of contraception in your relationship?