New Birth Control For Men

Katherine - posted on 07/23/2011 ( 13 moms have responded )

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Re-Posted from Strollerderby

I think we can all agree on one thing: current birth control options, while numerous, all leave something to be desired. Hormonal birth control makes some women feel sick and others feel crazy. Condoms are effective, but not necessarily comfortable. Diaphragms require physical skill to insert and can be bumped out of place. Tubal ligation is invasive and permanent. And foams, creams, and gels are less effective on their own and, I’ve heard from regretful friends, can make you itch and break out.

The other major downside? Most of the contraceptive options available today, with the exception of condoms and vasectomies, put women in the driver’s seat. But scientists are trying to change that. From an article on PBS NewsHour:

But a new wave of research into broadening male contraceptive options is looking at a variety of approaches, including hobbling sperm production and motility and its egg-penetration abilities.

Wednesday on the NewsHour Ray Suarez looks at a promising new daily male birth control pill under investigation in Indonesia that makes sperm incapable of entering an egg. You can watch that report online now in a special web preview.

Another male contraceptive method — albeit a more invasive one — that has been receiving a lot of attention lately: reversible inhibition of sperm under guidance, or RISUG.

Sounds like science fiction for now, but hopefully within the next 5 to 10 years, couples will have birth-control options that take some of the burden off of women.

Would you be glad to turn birth control over to the man in your life? Or do you like managing your own contraception?

When birth control fails: Unplanned pregnancies aren’t just a teen problem.



OOH for some reason it SOUNDS painful. So I'm wondering, if it's so invasive why would a man want to do it? And then have it reversed?

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Laressa - posted on 07/25/2011

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I don't want to trust my husband with the birth control.lol. I would trust him with prettymuch anything else tho. I'm ok with taking control of my fertility. If i screw up (I really really don't want more children atm) I have to deal with pregnancy, delivery, caring for another baby 24/7, and screwy hormones. If he was in charge of birth control and screwed up I would have a hard time getting over that.

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I wanted to get mine tied when my last IUD expired. I was 30 and my only child was 5 years old. They said I needed to wait until I was at least 35 or have more children, just to be sure. Wouldn't it kind of suck if I had that extra kid just to make sure I didn't want it and found out I was right? I went to 4 different offices, none would do it.

Gina - posted on 07/25/2011

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I like the sound of this, only so I can watch my husband deal with the mood swings and hormones. I don't think though I will leave it up to him because the only time he goes to the doctor is for really bad things he can't ignore, typical man!

Kayleigh - posted on 07/25/2011

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PLEASE! I would LOVE male birth control!!! I really hate hormones, and it would be nice for my husband to see how crappy hormones feel so hell stop giving me crap about not liking them. lol.
I'm going to get my tubes tied as soon as i have a second one... which hopefully wont be for like 2 1/2 more years at least. he offered to get snipped but I voted against it. I'll be done after 2 for sure, but if me and him ever split up i want him to have the option of having a child later. Dont get me wrong... i love him more than anything and dont ever want us to split, but i'm not delusional enough to think it isnt a possibility, and i don't want him to regret that I was the only person he procreated with...

sorry that was probably a little off topic. lol

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I never heard of any policy about having 2 kids before tubes tied! Maybe it's a doctor's personal decision? Who knows. I have one child, am 38 years old, and if I wanted to go get my tubes tied tomorrow I doubt I would have a problem getting it done. I really don't want any more kids! One & done!

Lacye - posted on 07/24/2011

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Exactly Kelly! When I was pregnant with my daughter, my one and only child, they started to ask me if I wanted my tubes tied and just when I was going to say yes, they said never mind because you don't have enough kids. I didn't want anymore at the time but lately I've been thinking about having another one so I'm kinda glad they didn't let me. I've even got baby names picked out already. lol

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I like handling my own, just so I can be sure it's being handled properly, but if there was a viable option out there for men, I would expect him to be using that in addition to whatever I am using. I would not hand it over to him, or any man, completely.

I HATE that US doctors often will not let a woman get her tubes tied until she has 2 kids--they are HER tubes and it is HER right to choose how many kids she wants in HER life. Yet no one bats an eye if a childless man wants to get a vasectomy. wtf?

Lacye - posted on 07/24/2011

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I tried to talk to my husband about him being fixed and he told me not no but hell no. So I guess when the implanon in my arm comes out, I am going to try and get pregnant again just so I can be able to have my tubes tied, I have to have at least 2 children before they will let me do it. :(

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Ugh, since both hubby & I are kind of anti-doctor, I doubt either one of us are gonig to be seeking birth control any time soon. It would be soooooo nice to get him snipped though! In & out in 15 minutes. Ice packs for the weekend....I guess in my dreams!

Carolee - posted on 07/24/2011

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My husband has offered to get snipped or whatever I want (when we're done having children). He said that, after going through pregnancies and giving birth, it wouldn't be fair to ask me to do any of the permanent birth control options. He said that anything they do to him (during the surgery) is nothing compared to what I've been through.

So, these new things that are coming out (hopefully) in the next decade or so might be viable options for men like my husband who see that it's not exactly fair that almost all birth control is the responsibility of women.

Stifler's - posted on 07/23/2011

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I can't wait until there's an option for men that prevents semen from getting in my vagina. I know you hate condoms..... but I don't like that stuff dripping out of me for hours...

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