The male contraceptive is, according to researchers, about a decade away. But Monash University researchers are slowly bringing the idea closer to fruition.
They have discovered a way to stop sperm swimming by mutating a gene that delivers fuel to the engine room in a sperm’s tail.
The discovery followed that of a team of international scientists. They discovered that a cancer drug, already in use, could also be used as a reversible contraceptive in male mice.
I feel if I have any male readers, they may be squirming right now.
But, while the details of the drug sound confusing, it could be a good thing for men. It could be empowering.
This is how the contraceptive pill was for women in the 1960s. Finally, women could control their bodies, have a say in the decisions regarding sex, children and families.
But, some of the responses from women I find are interesting. There appears to be an vague idea floating around that if men can take a contraceptive pill, that’s taking away something from women. There’s a lot of mistrust. A lot of “my husband can’t remember to take the washing off the line, how would he remember to take that?” I can’t remember to take the washing off the line but I remember routinely to take my contraceptive pill. And if I don’t, I have a reminder set on my phone to ensure I can’t forget. The joys of technology, right?
There are many positives for women in the advent of a male contraceptive pill.
Women in a relationship could take a break from the pill, allowing their partner to bear the brunt of contraceptive responsibility. This allows their body to breathe, to have a break from the side affects of the pill, if so desired.
But I wonder how many women would give up the freedom the pill provides.
Taking the pill is not only about making a responsible contraceptive choice. It provides women with a routine, especially important to women with irregular periods. It gives us the power to skip our period which can stuff up beach holidays, increase the stress of exam time or just be irritatingly inconvenient. And (my favourite), it can help clear up and control acne.
To me, the best choice would be for you both to take it, right? Both of you are in control, it’s a team effort.
So to the men out there, I know there are some of you (you liked us on Facebook): would you try out a contraceptive pill? What would your concerns be in taking the pill?
And for our female readers, would you be happy to let your partner be solely responsible for contraception? Let us know in the comment section below, tweet us @Cheaper_Rubies or write us a Facebook message. We’d love to hear your thoughts!