We’re One Step Closer to Male Birth Control

If you're a woman, you know how frustrating family planning can be. We have come a long way as women. But it still feels like the brunt and responsibility of family planning rests firmly on our shoulders. Some women struggle with finding the right method of birth control that works for them. Hormonal birth control can have negative side effects, some types are expensive or cause unwanted complications. And other women may not be able to find a method that works for them at all. So many women are “fed up” with being forced to be the only one to consider birth control. And many women have turned to all-natural types of birth control, like apps that can help you figure out which days you are fertile or all-in-one devices that give you the literal “green light” when you can't get pregnant. 

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And regardless of whether you've been able to find a method that works for you, the assumption is still that women will be the ones to take on the emotional and physical work of choosing, taking, and figuring out a method of birth control. But soon, that could all change, with the introduction of male birth control. 

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Male birth control has been on in the works for a long time, but strangely enough, has never come to fruition. This is mostly because males have not been able to handle the negative side effects the early trials resulted in. Imagine that, men of the world — the luxury of getting to choose whether to take birth control, even if you don't completely love it, because you're not the ones to actually get pregnant … Hmmm …

The point is, there hasn't really been an effective form of birth control to hit the market just yet. But a new study proves that the male birth control Vasalgel has been shown to be effective in monkeys. Monkeys aren't men, of course. But the study is a step towards developing a male form of birth control.

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Researchers surmised that the birth control worked when they injected the medicine in male monkeys and paired them in housing with female monkeys who have been known to reproduce. And none of the females got pregnant in two years. It sounds like the medicine works by eliminating sperm in the males. That sounds kind of horrifying to me, but I guess we will have to wait and see what the males of the world think. 

What do you think? Would your partner take male birth control?

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We’re One Step Closer to Male Birth Control

Chaunie Brusie is a writer, mom of four, and founder of The Stay Strong Mom, a community + gift box service for moms after loss. ... More

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  1. Brienna says:

    I’ve been following this research for a few years now. It’s already being used in India (and has been for several years). “Eliminating sperm” is a bit misleading though. Vasalgel “eliminates” sperm much like a vasectomy does, by preventing sperm from entering the seminal fluid. Except there’s no permanent damage done to the tube that transports the sperm out of the body which is why it is easily reversible. The male still produces sperm, they just aren’t present in any sense that would get a female pregnant.

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