While I’m super appreciative that we women have the option to take birth control, it’s about time that men get in on that action as well.
And what I mean by that is it would be nice if men could shoulder some of the responsibility of contraception and that doesn’t mean carrying around a 3-year-old condom in their wallet.
Turns out, it might not be too far off. According to TIME, researchers in Australia say they’re on the verge of developing a male contraceptive. Some are calling it the “holy grail” of male contraception.
The kicker – and it’s a big one – it won’t affect the sex drive or the health of the sperm which has been the major barrier with previous tries.
Researchers genetically modifying mice at Monash University in Melbourne identified two proteins that can be blocked to prevent the launch of sperm cells from the testes during ejaculation. Theoretically, scientists could achieve the same goal by suppressing the proteins with drugs. So the next step would be duplicating the genetic process chemically and then developing a pill.
“This bypasses perhaps the greatest stumbling block in the quest for a socially acceptable male contraceptive,” the scientists wrote in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.
They believe a pill could hit the market within the next ten years.
“The next step is to look at developing an oral male contraceptive drug, which is effective, safe and readily reversible,” said researcher Sabatino Ventura. “It would be like an oral medication probably taken daily just like the female contraceptive pill.”
It’s such an exciting thing to think about and can change the way we view sexual relations. Think about it: all of that blame game stuff that can often happen after an unintended pregnancy is gone.
Him: You said you were on the pill.
Her: I was!
All of that is moot because a man can take responsibility for himself as well. It levels the sexual playing field, if you will. Additionally, birth control pills can have some undesirable side effects. I’ve never taken them for that very reason. But, within a married coupling, perhaps one reacts better to pills than the other so the onus to take pills isn’t entirely upon the woman, even when they make her feel badly – as has been the way so far.
So. Ten years. I hope so. That’s right around the time I will be giving my son “The Sex Talk” which hopefully won’t just involve condoms, but if all goes right with male contraception, a possible visit to the doctor for a prescription.
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