The Male Contraceptive; No, Not Abstinence


Chinese researchers led by Dr. Yi-Qun Gu, from the National Research Institute for Family Planning in Beijing, China, have developed, and are testing a male contraceptive in the form of a testosterone injection.  The testing was performed on 1,045 men over 2.5 years; over this time, approximately 1/3 of the 1,045 men dropped out, for undisclosed reasons. The injection, which can be injected into any muscle, very much like any other shot, has proven to reduce sperm count for 98% of the men in the test.  During the first year of the test for this injection, there were 1.1 pregnancies for every 100 men.  This statistics compare to 2 in 100, and 0.3 in 100 for the condom and pill, respectively.

As a female, I don’t care much for this “major” development.  Yes, assuming the couple at hand is in a committed relationship, this can alleviate the burden of contraception on women.  Women may no longer need to experience such side effects as weight gain, mood swings, loss in sex drive, bleeding, etc., that they experience with the pill.  Keeping the extra money that would have been spent on contraceptives would be nice too.  What I do find interesting though, is that previous attempts to develop male contraceptives have failed due to problems with unreliability, and side effects like mood swings, and loss in sex drive.  Hmm, aren’t those the very same side effects that women deal with while using contraceptives?  However, the good thing about the pill is that it gives females full authority over her body.  Getting pregnant is more of a burden for women physically, mentally, emotionally, and financially than it is for men.  Therefore, I think it is important for females to maintain control.

This can be good protection for men.  Men will no longer need to rely on women to be responsible, and will no longer be afraid of deception by their girlfriend who wants to hold onto them using a baby.  According to Jerry Springer, this happens in “real life.”  However, the side effects can be daunting, possibly only because it is so new.  The most important fear is whether the reduction in sperm count is permanent.  According to the study, most men who participated in the study resumed normal sperm count after approximately 200 days, 17 men resumed normalcy after a year, and only 2 men still haven’t been able to produce sperm.

Researchers are still conducting test trials for this product, and it will not be available in the market for another 5 years; this will give us ample time to get used to this option.

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One Response to “The Male Contraceptive; No, Not Abstinence”
  1. Melody Waters says:

    Nice post. I’ve heard of some other forms of male birth control:

    1. Leave in the morning and never come back.
    2. Blow jobs all the time instead, while watching TV
    3. Be really mean so she leaves and takes the brat with her.

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