Male birth control is now closer to becoming a reality than ever before, and if history is any guide, most guys will be thinking, “Where do I sign?”
While some may find this hard to believe — check this piece from The Daily Beast that covers the benefits of Vasalgel — a study from the Kaiser Foundation indicates otherwise.
In 1997, the Foundation conducted a study that found both men and women “believed that men should play a bigger role in the choice and use of contraception,” AskMen reports.
That study was conducted almost 20 years ago, but popular websites like MaleContraceptives continue to promote the male role in birth control selection and implementation, going so far as to show men how they can take part in clinical trials for yet-to-be-approved treatments.
It’s not hard to see why most men would be on board with this.
For starters, it would put them in almost absolute control over their reproductive activities. They wouldn’t be at the mercy of their partner’s forgetfulness, nor would they have to wear condoms, which have been sex buzz-kills for about 400 years (from the male POV anyway).
Using Vasalgel, which operates on a 15-year-old Indian technology known as RISUG (reversible inhibition of sperm under guidance), men could receive an injection into the vas deferens (the tube sperm swim through) that would block sperm for an extended period of time.
Unlike female birth control pills, it would not have to be repeated every month. Rather the treatment could last for six months or longer.
Tests conducted in baboons required two treatments over a six-month period. The three male baboons mated with 15 female baboons resulting in no pregnancies. The Parsemus Foundation, which conducted the baboon study, is ready to move into human trials.
The foundation is funded partially through the David and Lucile Packard Foundation, which awarded a $50,000 grant toward the research. Parsemus is now seeking additional funds through its website.
As promising as male birth control sounds to guys, some female commenters at the Beast found it hard to believe their gender-opposites would be so willing.
“I absolutely love this. If a man gets a woman pregnant, he will have no reason to blame her.”
“An Injection into the vas? Oh yeah, men will go for that.”
“The majority of men will NEVER accept anything that limits their fertility. They equate it with their manhood, they will never let it go.”
What do you think, readers? Will men be willing to accept male birth control options — this one in particular?
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