Just a few days ago I wrote about struggling with the decision of whether I should get a tubal ligation after my c-section this summer or send my husband off to get a vasectomy. I’m way over birth control, and after this baby, I’ll be way over being pregnant and having more kids.
There are pros and cons to going either way, and neither one of us is exactly fired up about either option. But now, as it turns out, there could be yet another choice
Meet the male birth control pill.
For the first time ever, scientists are reportedly cooking up a safe, effective and reversible hormonal male contraceptive — with several formulations expected to become available in the no-so-distant future.
The male pill could be swallowed orally on a daily basis, or men could get it in a patch or gel form, which would be applied to the skin. There’s also an injectable version for an every-3-months option, or an implant version that just an annual process.
“It largely depends on how funding continues. The technology is there. We know how it would work,” said Dr. Andrea Coviello, who is helping to test several male contraceptives at the Population Center for Research in Reproduction at the University of Washington in Seattle, to MSNBC.
The pill works essentially the same as it does for a woman — hormones are used to 86 sperm production.
One of the reported side effects is weight gain (welcome to our world, men).
The World Health Organization has been conducting studies that show men from around the world are in support of the idea and are anxious to see the pill hit the market.
In some countries, a low-cost, reversible male pill could hit the market in the next 3 years. But it seems as if there might be another 5 years before one is approved by the Food and Drug Administration. Which, of course, means that this doesn’t really help me at all. But it’s a nice idea to think that women in my shoes will have more options in just a few years time.
Do you think your husband or partner would be willing to take the male birth control pill? Would it mean you’d refrain from getting your tubes tied or he could avoid being snipped?