Sick of birth control’s side-effects? Had enough with the bloating, lack of sexual appetite and risk of blood clot? Now there’s birth control for men.
Safe, convenient, reversible contraception allows women and men worldwide to plan their families and ensure that they are ready to nurture and provide for the children they parent. So why are so few male contraceptive methods available?
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Condoms, vasectomies and the withdrawal method are the only birth control options available to men. Why is there a glaring gap in male-controlled methods?
Due to traditional beliefs about male virility, many men worldwide shun vasectomy, reducing the efficacy of this reliable method of contraception.
As long as male reproductive health care is synonymous with just STD screening rather than comprehensive clinical services, it should come as no surprise that men shirk responsibility both in preventing pregnancy and in embracing fatherhood.
Studies are showing dramatic drops in sperm counts and rising rates of reproductive health problems for men throughout industrialized countries. Are environmental contaminants partially to blame?
In the Madhya Pradesh state of India, the administration is offering men guns in exchange for vasectomies. But in choosing to meet targets rather than educating communities, the administration is hardening stereotypes of manliness, placing communities in even more vulnerable positions.
Many men are perfectly competent at swallowing a pill every day on time, and plenty of them have partners who trust them to do it. So where’s the male birth control pill?
If ever there was a perfect time for men to band together against a loss of fatherhood, that time is now — with their demand for access to emergency contraception. Those who feel that they have been hurt by abortion have more reason than anyone else to spread knowledge of Plan B and support its widespread provision to men.