I won't miss your bending fact to support your delusions, ie:
Well ****, why isn't birth control for men ubiquitous then? Why hasn't a male birth control pill been made available yet?
If men'd get pregnant, the man pill would become as"ubiquitous" as the pill, in fact it would become THE pill.
Men depend on women for birth control responsibility.
The Male Contraceptive Pill
Everything You Need To Know About The Male Birth Control Pill
Would you be willing to pop a pill that brings your sperm count down to zero? Or do you feel that, beyond condoms, birth control is mainly a woman's responsibility? A 1997 survey by the Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation, an American health research and education organization, found that more than 66% of respondents (male and female) believed that men should play a bigger role in the choice and use of contraception.
Despite these results, specialists say birth control has remained primarily a female responsibility, which is hardly surprising given the limited options available to men. However, things may soon change: After 40 years of research, the male contraceptive pill is almost ready.
The real question is: Will men use the pill? Would you be willing to use it? Read on to find the answers to all your questions.
What research has been conducted?
Researchers at Edinburgh University's Centre for Reproductive Biology have finally found a way to suppress daily sperm production while maintaining normal testosterone levels. This was not an easy task given that men emit millions of sperm in each ejaculation, while women only produce one egg per month.
From the results of these studies, Organon, a pharmaceutical company in the Netherlands, has developed a pill that is set to go on the market by 2005. The pill has proven to be 100% effective in preliminary clinical trials.
A larger study, involving 120 men between the ages of 18 and 45 from Europe and the United States, is currently underway. The participants have tiny rods implanted under the skin of their arm that deliver a form of progestogen (commonly found in the female birth control pill) to block sperm production.
In order to maintain their sex drive and their "male characteristics," the men receive testosterone replacement therapy injections every four to six weeks over the course of the yearlong study. The results should be available by the end of 2002.
The results of a smaller study conducted in the year 2000 using similar methods showed a completely reversible blockage of sperm production in all 66 participants.
How does it work?
The pill contains desogestrel, a synthetic hormone that is the main component in the female pill, as well as the male hormone testosterone. This combination blocks the production of sperm while maintaining male characteristics and sex drive. As with the female contraceptive pill, it must be taken daily.
In terms of effectiveness, the male pill seems to be the best. In clinical trials, all of the participants' sperm counts dropped to zero, which means that the male pill would be more effective than the condom and even the female pill.
According to the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the condom has a failure rate of about 14% under typical conditions, while the failure rate of the female pill is less than 1%. Although the male pill has been proven 100% effective so far, the results of the current clinical trial are necessary before any definite conclusions can be drawn.
Can you take it, the side effects involved and will your partner trust that you'll take it every day?
The male pill would also allow for increased pleasure (in comparison to condoms), as well as being a great alternative for couples when the woman cannot take the pill due to serious and unpleasant side effects.
On the other hand, the male pill has certain disadvantages. As with the female version, the man must remember to take his pill every day for it to be effective.
In addition, it does not protect against AIDS and other STDs. Many health professionals worry that its introduction could increase the spread of these diseases by reducing the role of the condom.
Who can take it?
"Any breathing male can be a candidate for this pill. We're not aware of any reasons why a particular male shouldn't be taking it," said Dr. Richard Anderson of Edinburgh University's Centre for Reproductive Biology. Nevertheless, it is important to remember that the pill is still being tested.
Due to the lack of protection against STDs, experts hope that it will be used mainly by men in long-term, monogamous relationships rather than for casual sex.
Are there any side effects?
In clinical trials, no major side effects were noted aside from weight gain in a small percentage of men, similar to what most women experience when on the pill. But this pales in comparison to the more serious complications women expose themselves to when taking the pill, such as blood clotting, nausea, headaches, and dizziness. However, we must wait for the results of the current study in order to be certain that there are no other side effects.
Will men use the pill and will women trust them?
An international survey conducted with 4,000 men and women revealed that 66% of the men said they would use alternative male contraceptive methods if they were available — 75% of the women said they would trust their partner.
In the U.S., a survey by the Kaiser Family Foundation found that 71% of American men said they would consider at least one male birth control option. Of these men, 66% would be willing to try the pill.
How much will it cost?
Although the price will not be determined until the pill is ready to be marketed, it should be similar to that of its female counterpart, which costs between $15 to $20 US per month. Depending on the frequency of sexual activity, the male pill could turn out to be only slightly more expensive or equal to the price of a dozen condoms.
Will it affect men's ability to have children in the future?
It is completely reversible. In the preliminary trials, the sperm concentrations of all 66 men returned to pre-study levels within 16 weeks.
Are there any alternatives to the pill?
In addition to the pill, a contraceptive implant will also be made available. As in the clinical trials, tiny rods would be placed under the skin of a man's arm, delivering etonogestrel, a form of progestogen that also blocks sperm production. However, since the rods do not contain testosterone, injections of this hormone would be necessary every four to six weeks. The rods would only need to be replaced every three years, although they could be removed at any time.
Basically, the pill and the implant work the same way. The difference simply lies in the method of administration of the male hormone.
only time will tell...
The new male contraceptives seem quite promising; easy to use, affordable and highly effective. But one important question remains: Will guys really use them? Although surveys show that a majority of men are open to the idea, only time will tell if they will take the leap from theory to practice. But for now, it sounds as though in a few short years, men might be hearing their women ask, "Honey, did you take the pill?"