The birth control pill is one of the most popular and highly effective contraceptives available right now. It keeps a woman from becoming pregnant by preventing the ovaries from releasing eggs during ovulation — but of course, the pills should be used properly in order to work their magic.
I have friends who take birth control pills for various reasons; some of them use it to prevent pregnancy, others use it to regulate their menstrual cycle, and some use it for both reasons.
Regardless, I’ve noticed that most of them, if not all, take these pills at a particular time of the day religiously. I’ve witnessed them go crazy when they forget to take a pill for one day or when they misplace one.
This is why even though I don’t personally use birth control pills, I feel like taking them for any reason could be a big of a task for someone as forgetful as me. Additionally, taking these pills may come with several side effects like acne breakouts, headaches, and bloating — which I’m pretty sure no one wouldn’t want to go through if they have a choice.
And so I nod to the question circling this topic, if we were to focus on the contraception benefit of birth control pills, why couldn’t men take these as well?
Unfortunately, the pills that we have right now are not intended for men as these contain female hormones that can counter the effect of testosterone or the male hormone.
One of the most common things that would happen if men would take the pills is that they’d have a reduced sexual functioning such as lower sperm count and decreased sex drive. Aside from this, men would change physically, too. Their body and facial hairs would start to grow thinner and they’d shed off some muscle in the chest, arms, and legs area. Simply say, instead of preventing unwanted pregnancy, we’d be creating men with more feminine features over time.
But on the good note, scientists from the University of Washington School of Medicine have been diligently studying an experimental male birth control pill. This pill contains male hormones that are designed to block sperm production like how the female pills would during ovulation. The pill is also intended to be taken once a day.
Although the male birth control pill is yet to be available in the market, its prototype shows promising results in the initial trials.
But would men use it though?
According to the online survey by Healthline, only 31 percent of the male respondents said that they would be willing to take a daily pill to stop sperm production while 69 percent said they wouldn’t.
When asked if a risk of side effects such as ache or depression were involved, 61 percent said they’d less likely to try the male birth control pill.
Indeed, more birth control methods apply to females than males right now. But this doesn’t automatically mean that women should be the only ones tied to contraceptives. Sexual intercourse is a shared experience and so the responsibility that comes with it should be shared, too. Talk to your partner to know what contraceptive would best fit you both.