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Short-Term Male Birth Control - UK Scientists Invent a Whole New Pill

From Daily Mail:

UK scientists invent male 'pill' that can be taken hours before sex

British scientists have developed a revolutionary pill that men could take as a one-off contraceptive just before a date.

The tablet would prevent a man from being able to impregnate a woman, but within a few hours his fertility would return to normal.

Well, what do you think?  And maybe more important, what does He think?  Dr. Melissa Clouthier has a round-up of less-than-positive male opinions, as does the NY Daily News.

I have to admit it's disheartening to read the easy "he'll never take it" opinions being tossed about... although there is that little bit about how it works - it suppresses ejaculation (quote from the NY Daily News):

"Whatever medication this is going to be, it's not going to influence the sperm," notes McGuire, citing the reported lack of hormones. "It's going to influence the ability of the sperm to get into the prostate to be released during ejaculation - and dry ejaculate is not preferable."

"Not a great idea," agrees Fisch. "The ejaculate coming forward is a significant part of a man's sexuality.

Hm... I'm not 100% sure that's actually true.  I mean, I could see thinking it is, but how many of us have ever actually had ejaculate-free sex?  (With a man, that is!)  I have to admit, it's hard to imagine sex where someone doesn't have to get up and go to the bathroom after.  But isn't that a bonus?

You've got to love this comment from Sara at f-words:

Um, getting pregnant is a significant part of a woman's sexuality, but we somehow have been able to get over that effect of the use of birth control. Besides the ignorance of the fact that ejaculation and orgasm aren't the same thing, I'm just amazed at how many of the "problems" with this drug listed in the article are things no one got too upset about when it came to women taking birth control. Drugs aren't magic. Birth control works by changing some of the normal things that happen during sex. Try telling that to these prima donnas, though.

And Nona Willis-Aronowitz says this in Salon:

Even if the new pill tweaks things a little, the absence of sperm seems a small price to pay for a successful form of male birth control -- especially a nonhormonal version that lasts just 24 hours and doesn't screw with men's future fertility. (In this regard, the male pill sounds better than hormonal birth control options for women, which require a long-term commitment.) Still, ABC News reports that only 55 percent of men polled said they'd be willing to take a contraceptive pill.

Here's where I want to remember to tell you that this pill could be available in 4 to 5 years.  And despite how easy it seems to say "men will never take it," I suspect a lot of guys will jump at the chance to further ensure they're not welcoming a new surprise into their lives after nine months or anytime after that.

There's a great comment thread over at Feministing.  (Isn't there always a great comment thread over at Feministing???)

You know, what it really comes down to for me is that this is a pill for men.  A lot of what I'm reading says, "would a woman trust a guy with the birth control responsibility," but that's an odd way to look at it, to me. 

Yeah, I'm probably going to continue taking responsibility for my birth control, and that's exactly why I think men will welcome more power to do exactly that, too.  Because beyond condoms, men have been unable to take more control.  I for one, suspect many men will appreciate this advancement in their birth control options. And even be up for giving it a try.


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