Time to reverse the roles; the male version of the birth control pill will soon be in your grasp. This means that, while you will have to remember to take a pill every day, you will no longer have to use your various "methods" of birth control any longer. Now, whether this is a blessing or a curse is up to you.
Kirsten Thompson, director of the International Male Contraception Coalition says, "Some men are quite desperate for better control over their fertility. They're looking for something they can really count on." For decades, authorities on the subject of contraception have predicted new contraceptives for men and the male version of the Pill is already in the human testing phase and shows a good chance of commercialization.
Right now, men don't have a lot of options when it comes to birth control. The newest device (this is not a pill), the Intra Vas Device, prevents pregnancy by blocking sperm. The makers of the device are expected to announce effectiveness data that shows the Intra Vas Device to be equivalent to traditional vasectomy methods. 500,000 men opt for vasectomies each year, so the Intra Vas could be a phenomenal improvement to the permanence of traditional options.
If you aren't ready to go under the knife, taking the pill could be an option if you aren't comfortable trusting your sleeping partner to take hers every day or you are a control freak. Whether you get something implanted in you or you opt for the future man-pill, options for men are in sight and will one day, literally, be in your grasp.
On the Flip Side
November 01, 2007