Male Birth Control Pill Coming, But Will He Remember to Take It?

Cynthia Dermody

pills spilling from bottleBirth control is always the woman's job, even when they don't think it is. They are the ones who must remember to take the pills every day, or remind their guys to use a condom, because men usually look for any excuse to forget that part. Some would say this isn't fair, but women get to experience the miracle of childbirth, so in a way, it evens out.

The balance of responsibility could change as a new male birth control pill makes it one step closer to reality. In a study done on mice in Israel, an oral contraceptive was able to deactivate sperm before it reaches the womb, preventing pregnancy. And the best part: No side effects. No loss of sex drive, no moodiness from hormones, nothing.

At least that's what scientists observed in these little sterile mice, and I quote one of the researchers from the Telegraph's original article:

The mice behaved nicely. They ate and had sex. All I can say is that we couldn't see any behavioral side-effects -- all their sex behavior was retained, which is a very important consideration for men.

Imagine this being said in a nice Israeli accent and it's not as funny as it sounds.

Another really good part about this pill, which still has a ways to go before you chase your man out to get a script: You can take it every month, or every three months. This is because men have to be reminded to take the stinking garbage out every day. Birth control pills only work if you take them.

Previous attempts at developing an oral male contraceptive have failed so far. The most recent attempt was the "jab," a pill containing a combination of the male hormone testosterone and the female hormone progesterone to block pregnancy. This pill carried major side effects, the biggest of which was loss of sex drive, which negates the whole point of taking the pill in the first place. Plus, you had to take it every day.

Scientists say the new pill could be available in three years if further tests go swimmingly (hehehe). I love the idea of not having chemicals in my body, but I would still feel responsible for making sure my husband took it, even once every couple of months, so I might as well be taking the darn thing myself anyway.

Would you trust your guy to take total birth control pill responsibility or do you fear he'd forget and you'd end up pregnant?


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