Women Across the World Rejoice! Male Birth Control is in the Works

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Birth control is a double-edged sword. On the one side, a male and a female are able to enjoy a sexual relationship with one another, bonding them emotionally and physically as one. Ahh. Bliss. But on the other side, birth control can do some pretty nasty things to women, like making them puke, flatlining their sex drive (which, to me, seems to be 100% counter-productive), and bloating, which is no fun at all.

Why do guys get it so easy? I mean, from what I've heard, condoms aren't the most comfortable things in all of the land, but it's a minor inconvenience that the dudes have to deal with once a week for about a minute and a half.

With that in mind, and the statistic that around 55% of guys would be willing to take some of the weight off of their ladies' shoulders when it came to contraceptives, researchers have made a trip to the jungle island of Papua to hunt down the gendarussa — a shrub that the natives use to make a contraceptive tea. How does that work?

According to Dr. David Sokal, board chair of the Male Contraception Initiative, the gendarussa shrub “temporarily weakens enzymes” so the sperm can't latch onto the egg and begin fertilization. So they're not looking into killing the sperm — they're just trying to keep it from ever getting the chance to do its work. 

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While there are more tests that need to be conducted in order to take this thing from being a tea leaf and turning it into a pill — they've got to make sure that everything is safe and effective — there seems to be some promise. “You have to have an extremely safe product with only good side effects. And we think we'll be able to develop that,” said Diana Blithe, head biochemist of contraceptive research at the National Institutes of Health.

One thing that concerns me, however, is the hormonal changes that could plague a male under the influence of birth control. I imagine anything from heavy sobbing upon finding out that his Home Depot gift card has expired to violent anger when Bruno Tonioli boots the man's favorite couple on Dancing with the Stars  gets booted from the show. 

These are some important things to take into consideration!

Women have been having periods since day one, so us guys have learned through trial and error some tips and tricks in surviving such hormonal roller coasters in our significant female others. But since guys have been stereotypically portrayed as unemotional neanderthals (unfairly, might I add — to the neanderthals, I mean), I don't think anyone would know how to respond to such change — except, maybe, really long sticks and offerings of beef jerky.

Also, women seem to have been able to adapt and deal extremely well to some of the side effects that birth control tosses their way. When I get bloated (which is every time I get done with a pork salad at Cafe Rio), I shut down completely and call it a day. Imagine what the economy would look like if a vast majority of its male workers decided to call in sick because their bellies hurt. 

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What do you think? Is it about time that the guys jumped on the birth control train and helped out a little bit?

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Women Across the World Rejoice! Male Birth Control is in the Works

Jace Whatcott is a self-diagnosed introvert who loves crossword puzzles, golf, and reading. Despite being a male contributor—one of the few on this particular website—he is not in unfamiliar territory. Because he is an English major, 90% of his classmates are females, so he’s not too worried about being a fish out of water. One of his favorite things to do is to raid local thrift stores for used books. He’s always looking for something to read, or for something to put on his endless to-r ... More

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  1. Desiree says:

    I think this is a great idea! I know my husband would jump at it because we are having baby number six in about ninety days ish and I am looking to get my tubes tied, however, we’re both concerned about the side effects after the procedure on my body. I’ve heard there’s back problems, periods are worse, and all sorts of things. I don’t think I could handle a worse period and neither does he seeing as how mine make me bed bound for the first two days. He doesn’t want me to get my tubes tied but birth control doesn’t work for me, I’m prone to side effects. Pills give me chest pains, the shot made me bleed for 7 months -strqight- and the iuds stab his part! Hopefully y’all get this figured out in the next three months so I can NOT get my tubes tied! 😉 good luck!

    • Alexandra says:

      I got my tubes tied I don’t regret my choice hated being on the shot and I would forget the pill thow so far no problem with my procedure “6 months” so far I’m actually enjoy sex more and don’t have to worry about taking any birth control, but I also agree with Alyssa is your body doesn’t agree with a lot of the birth control you and your partner should talk about a diffrent method “vasectomy”. I got my tubes tied since it sounded easier for us since I was pregnant with my 3 child and was told it could be done after I dilevered so I was like why not just get it done but with every choice I’m sure there’s risks and thow getting yor tubes tied isn’t a 100% effective there’s been cases that women end up pregnant after 5 yrs or later since there’s possibilities tubes can regrow and connect thow rare but like I said you should talk to your partner and your doctor about all risks and effectiveness. Hope everything goes well!!!

    • Alyssa says:

      If you have problems with contraceptives and are worried about side effects from getting your tubes tied, have him get a vasectomy.

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