Male contraceptives

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Registered: 01-12-2005
Male contraceptives
Mon, 10-01-2007 - 12:28pm

Researchers now say that a safe and effective male contraceptive could be available in the next 3-5 years (options that could be available include a pill to be taken orally, patch or gel applied to the skin, and injection given every 3 months). Do you think a male birth control pill is a good idea? Would you ask your partner to take it?

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Registered: 03-26-2003
Mon, 10-01-2007 - 12:41pm

A male birth control method that is more effective than condoms and less permanent than vasectomy is LONG overdue. It is about time for men to take more pro-active measures to prevent unwanted pregnancy.

In our case, my husband would not take it merely because it is no longer a concern for me (had a tubal ligation 7 years ago.) However, were I still fertile, you betcha he'd have to take it. There are ways of dealing with recalcitrant males...


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Registered: 06-03-2007
Mon, 10-01-2007 - 4:25pm

I agree that this is way overdue, but if this is the same method that I've read about, I'm concerned that the mechanism will not be psychologically acceptable to many men. Unlike barrier methods or vasectomy, these shots suppress natural testosterone along with sperm production, and then the pills or the patch replete the testosterone artificially so that the man will appear normal and have a sex drive. I haven't yet read about whether they have been able to balance this to minimize side effects..

I'm more hopeful for RISUG, currently in Phase III trials:

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Registered: 04-03-2005
Tue, 10-02-2007 - 8:09am

I think that alternative contraceptive choices for men is a wonderful idea. Provided that a condom is still used for safer sex to help mitigate risks of STI's, this could prove to be a remarkable breakthrough. Men will be able to take into their own hands safeguards against becoming fathers before they're ready and or willing. I think that male contraceptive alternatives would also be more agreeable to those of the Pro-Life camp that are opposed to female contraceptive choices, which are considered abortifacients which disallow a fertilized egg to implant. The use of such male contraceptives may also work towards the common Pro-Choice and Pro-Life goal of reducing the need for abortions all together.

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Registered: 04-15-2006
Tue, 10-02-2007 - 9:38am
I still have some concerns about side effects, but if they are less than what I endure then I think that would be a better option for DH and I.