Birth control may be available for men sooner than anyone ever expected. Guys dish on the new pill.
You can thank modern marvels because birth control is about to get a whole new sexual makeover. According to a new study on mice, a pill may be in the works that would keep a man's sperm from ever leaving his body — which means birth control may be available for women — and men — sooner than anyone ever expected.
So how do guys feel about their sperm being blocked during ejaculation — and about male birth control in general? Turns out they weren't totally against the idea.
They Like The Idea, But They're Very Concerned About The Safety Of Their Sperm
Joel, 33, started off the argument against male birth control by saying that the whole idea of stopping a man from coming is wrong. "It's like finding the pot of gold — and it's empty. It's not satisfying. I don't think guys would feel satisfied." But is he against the idea of male birth control? Not entirely. "I like the idea that guys can be just as responsible for unprotected sex as a woman; even though we already are, you know, I think it's important that not all the pressure is on a female to be on the pill."
And Sam, 23, agrees, "It's amazing that there hasn't been a better way for guys to protect against an unwanted pregnancy aside from just using condoms before now. You'd think how far we've come when it comes to science that we would have come up with something sooner." After being told that the new pill would likely prevent men from ejaculating during sex, Sam wasn’t so fond of the idea. "No," he said, "I don't think it's healthy. Where would all that sperm go?"
Sam wasn't the only guy who felt that way. "I don't like the sound of taking a pill and not being able to know what's going to happen to my come," Joey, 26, added. "Are there any side effects? Is it even medically safe to keep that much come in your body? It seriously doesn’t sound like it’s been thought through enough for me to be totally on board. It's a good idea, but I don’t think stopping a man's come is safe."
"I hate wearing condoms," says Alex, 26, "so I'd be down to use a male 'pill'. Except I'm kinda grossed out by the idea that guys wouldn't come when they orgasm. Is it weird to wonder what would happen to all that sperm? Like, how would you get rid of it?"
Let's Stick With Condoms
"Is it biased to say I'm totally against this strictly because I've got a penis?" asks Rob, 24. "I like the idea of having guys take responsibility for prevention — but I'm definitely not down with all the hormones and all the unknowns that are attached with a 'male pill.' It doesn't seem worth it to me to even be interested in it yet — especially because they're so far from testing it. I'm good with condoms, for now."
It'll Make Sex Easier
Surprisingly, Matt, 28, was the only guy that I spoke to who wasn’t against the idea of stopping sperm before it's too late. "I read the study earlier today — I work in media and had a lot of friends sharing it. Though it’s really early on in the research stages, the idea of preventing sperm from ejaculating doesn’t sound as awful as I’m sure lots of guys have taken it as. Once it’s out of the testing phase — it will probably make sex easier. No condoms, no worrying about pre-come and most importantly, no accidental baby. I'm all for it."
Quinn, 27, said that he felt that male birth control leveled the prevention playing field for him and his girlfriend. "When my girlfriend switched birth control pills, the process was really painful — for both of us," he said. "The hormonal changes were obviously really difficult for her to adjust to and it was hard for me to be there for her in the way that she needed. So while I seriously hope male birth control doesn’t have any kind of hormonal side effects, I'd definitely consider trying it. But if it's going to make me cry at a credit card commercial, hell no!"
Of course, there was the stereotypical "But that's why girls use birth control! So guys don't have to!" responses, but it turns out that more guys were actually into the idea of playing a bigger role in prevention than they do now.
As a woman, it's refreshing to know that science is reminding men it takes two to get pregnant — and two to prevent it.
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