Birth control isn’t new

For decades now women have been attempting to prevent pregnancies by taking a daily pill, or a quarterly injection, or getting an IUD, such as the Mirena, among other things. Let’s face it: no woman wants to get pregnant accidentally, or at a time in her life in which she may not be stable enough to properly provide for a child. As a result of this women have become the sole heirs to the crown of controlling when a baby is (or is not) born.

Short of getting a vasectomy or using condoms there aren’t really any birth control options in the same vein as those created for women. I’ll be honest, this has never really bothered me. That could be because I’ve been in love with (and married to) the same woman since we were 17-years-old, but I can’t say for sure.

I have never personally wanted to use any type of birth control myself. In fact I always just assumed that birth control was a feminine thing.

Call me naïve but I guess I never really thought about it all that much. That is, until I learned of a recent study involving injections of synthetic testosterone and progesterone that actually had promising results. The study involved over 300 men (and their partners, or course) and proved to be nearly 96% effective. In fact there were only 4 pregnancies in all. While that isn’t 100% we all know that the only birth control that is completely effective is abstinence.

Birth control effectiveness

Birth control for women, both the pill and the injection, is actually said to be 99% effective in preventing pregnancies and condoms are actually supposed to be about 98% effective, when used properly, in that arena as well. Condoms are also the number one defense against contracting sexually transmitted diseases. While this first large scale study on male hormonal contraceptives produced a possible birth control injection system that is slightly less effective than those others that are most commonly used, it is still a huge advance in helping to prevent unwanted pregnancies.

The size of the sample group indicates that a large pregnancy prevention rate like the widely boasted 96% is probably quite accurate.

Now, you may be thinking about the reasoning behind this reporter’s mention of the female hold over conception. This has been brought into the light by one glaringly biased article titled "Is the male pill good for women" over at The Gaurdian that puts forth the notion that men want a birth control option that is as effective as those created for women to use because we want to “haul unsuspecting young maidens into bed, impregnating them and presumably disappearing into the night.” I think that I speak for, well, at least most men when I say that I have no desire to haul unsuspecting young maidens into bed to treat them as though they are nothing more than fertile ground for my seed.

Birth control is a defense

Birth control is something that men may want because it is an extra fortification against unwanted pregnancies. Children are amazing, but if you’re not ready to have them then don’t. I know that I certainly do not want anyone having children if they can’t provide for them and love them properly. Being a parent is no joke. In fact I’d say that it is the most difficult thing a person will ever do.

Navigating the rough waters of childhood irresponsibility, to puberty, to the children eventually leaving home is a journey that not every ship can make it through. So, by all means, fortify your ship and continue building it up until the time is right and you are ready to set out on this life- changing adventure.

Until then, if you are going to be having sex, you should be using birth control – regardless of your gender. It is just an intelligent decision to have two forms of protection instead of one, and three is even better!

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