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Found this earlier and thought it was quite an interesting read.

 

 


Australian Researchers Developing Male Birth Control Pill With Virtually No Side Effects
 
Author: Deborah Montesano December 4, 2013 7:43 pm

In a good news/bad news twist for men, a side-effect free male birth control pill is being developed in mice, and may soon be ready for a human test run. Photo from Feminspire.

In a good news, bad news situation for men, science is on the verge of perfecting a recent development in reproductive choice. The good news is that there may soon be an effective contraceptive pill that men can take, rather than undergo a vasectomy. The bad news is that men will then have to shoulder more day-to-day responsibility for family planning. There’s also confusing news — for conservatives. The development poses a conundrum: they may have to decide whether to try and block men’s access to healthcare, as they have with women.

 

The pill disables the delivery system but preserves sperm

 

Australian researchers have worked out a technique that keeps the body from delivering sperm to semen in mice. They’ve identified two proteins that can be disabled to keep sperm from moving from the testes into the ejaculate. The brain simply doesn’t get the message to turn the sperm loose. Disabling the proteins doesn’t affect libido, performance, or eventual procreation. It simply keeps the exit door closed for the millions of sperm that would normally make a break for freedom at the time of ejaculation. Their little lives are spared, to possibly swim another day.

 

For women, handing birth control over to men would eliminate the risk of side effects from taking hormone-based birth control pills. These side effects include an increased potential for migraines, strokes, blood clots, and heart attacks. The male version doesn’t depend on manipulating hormones. So far, it’s devoid of significant side effects.


The biggest downside is that the pill would have to be taken every day. Or course, that’s what women already do, but a 2011 poll by England’s Anglia Ruskin University showed that 52% of women surveyed wouldn’t trust their partners to remember to take it daily. Only 17% of male respondents had that same concern. About the same percentage of men expressed the worry that taking the pill would damage their ‘manly image’.

 

Of course, there’s another downside, depending on point of view. If birth control is literally in the hands of men, the religious right has one less weapon with which to bludgeon women into submission. How can females be controlled if it’s their male partners who are popping the pill? How can insurance deny birth control to women without also denying it to men?

Guess the Heritage Foundation will have to work that one out.

 

Reasonable men are more likely to focus on the advantages. Effectiveness is one. While the female birth control pill is an impressive 98-99% effective, the one being tested with mice has been 100% effective. That might give men something to ponder: zero chance of unexpected parenthood, as long as they remember to take the pill. Since the medication won’t be ready for human consumption for at least 10 years, there’s plenty of time to reflect on its advantages. First and foremost is the fact that it would protect from harm the women that men love. Who wouldn’t like that — other than the GOP, that is?



I would have liked a little more information on these insignificant side effects, but it's still early days so I'm sure they'll come to light eventually.

 

Thoughts chaps? Would you consider it? Do you think you could take that responsibility? Would it wound your male pride?

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nah the withdrawal method works a treat. It did for years when I was married.

 

In fact the first time I left it in purposely after 2 years of pullouts resulted in one of my 3 kids.

 

Can't remember which one though :)

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Thanks for all the serious replies fellas :P

If there were no serious side effects as they claim (though obviously I'd want to know what the minor ones are beforehand) I'd do it. The pill women have to take has some horrible side effects, so I'd consider it if it saved my partner a whole lot of risk and pain. No brainer for me. I've never been one for male pride as being all macho anyway, so that wouldn't affect me in the slightest.

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Oh yeah, if you were still playing the field as it were then condoms would still be a necessity, but for relationships the pill could be a much better alternative. Not just because most guys, myself included, don't enjoy wearing condoms much, but because it's supposedly 100% effective as opposed to the current pill which isn't.

 

Be interesting to find out what effect it has on orgasms and sensation though. It sounds like it actively prohibits ejaculating sperm, so I guess you'd just get the semen.

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I have 2 children (age 1 & 3) and recently my OH has had to come off the pill as it was giving her a bit of grief. Having to use johnies (is that the correct spelling?) is just horrible after many years not needing them is bloody awful.

 

So, where can I get some of these pills?

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I have 2 children (age 1 & 3) and recently my OH has had to come off the pill as it was giving her a bit of grief. Having to use johnies (is that the correct spelling?) is just horrible after many years not needing them is bloody awful.

 

So, where can I get some of these pills?

Time to join the Snip Club I reckon mate

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I have 2 children (age 1 & 3) and recently my OH has had to come off the pill as it was giving her a bit of grief. Having to use johnies (is that the correct spelling?) is just horrible after many years not needing them is bloody awful.

 

So, where can I get some of these pills?

Time to join the Snip Club I reckon mate

 

 

The snip trip is a great day out!

 

Wasn't too keen on providing the sample to establish whether it had worked mind, it was a bloody big wide pot they gave me. Not good for your self esteem when the sample doesn't come up to the first measuring line.

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I have 2 children (age 1 & 3) and recently my OH has had to come off the pill as it was giving her a bit of grief. Having to use johnies (is that the correct spelling?) is just horrible after many years not needing them is bloody awful.

So, where can I get some of these pills?

Time to join the Snip Club I reckon mate
Yep, something to think about...
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You'll have to wait I'm afraid pal, they don't think they'll be ready for human consumption in at least 10 years according to that article.

 

Can you hear that? It's the sound of Tamuff's heart sinking.

 

 

And the sound of his throbber de-throbbing.

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