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Scientists haven't yet given up hope on the Holy Grail of a male birth control that can bridge the gap between boring, erection-threatening condoms and the semi-reversible vasectomy. The most recent developments in birth control for men involve injections that may have to be administered every other month.
Here are my resolutions for 2010: to go to Bikram yoga three days a week, to get in touch with friends I haven't seen in awhile, to pursue a new hobby (maybe photography), and to take two really awesome vacations. Oh, and I have a few sex resolutions too. Last year I vowed to give less blow jobs (achieved!), but 2010 is here, I'm back on the blowie train, and I'm ready to make a few new sexy vows for the next decade. After the jump are 25 sex resolutions—a few of them are mine, but I'm not telling which. What are your sex resolutions for the new year?
Often, a woman's birth control choice is based on word-of-mouth from friends (which pill relieved monster cramps; which procedure was covered by insurance), familiar routines unchanged since college (same old pink pill case) or even TV commercials (seen the ones that make taking birth control look like boarding a Caribbean cruise?). But as women cross over into the years beyond 30, there are new options that go beyond basic oral contraception and condoms.
A trial is set to test a new hormonal contraceptive for men in 400 couples across the globe (60 in Manchester and 340 in nine international locales). In the study, University of Manchester researchers will initially give male volunteers ages 18 to 45 up to four courses of injections of a combination of two hormones, testosterone undecanoate and norethisterone enantate over six months.
This is what we've known from the get-go: that the pill is good for people who want to avoid babies and menstrual cramps. This is what we've learned in the years since: that the pill is not so good for people who are scared of developing blood clots and dying of a stroke. But this is what you might be surprised to hear: that the pill can play a role in everything from how we lose our hair to what we choose to eat. Below, a list of eight facts you might never have come across about the pill, courtesy of LiveScience and our own YourTango archives.
Roughly everyone agrees that unwanted (not unplanned) pregnancies are a bad thing. A handful of statistics show that teen and unwanted pregnancy ends up costing the taxpayers a whole lotta money in the long run. Sure, people should be more responsible but that may be a lot to ask. Barack Obama had installed a birth control provision in the economic stimulus plan. The measure became a lightening rod and was ultimately shot down. But was it a really bad idea? Did some fellows on the other side of the aisle talk a bit about sterilization being a good idea some time ago? Let's talk in conversational tones about the idea of maybe helping a few people out with some birth control and maybe require all sexually active college students to use the pill.
We don't have time for dilly-dally, so here's what you need to know this morning: men like blondes, women are using the internet for sex more, some of them are addicted to it, the BDSM industry is not loving the economy, teens aren't very knowledgeable about STDs, kissing lessons are good, married people get sick of each other, some couples go for the multiple ceremonies thing, and Time magazine is worried that the economy is going to wreck your marriage.
Since obtaining FDA approval in 1960, the Pill's been blamed for various maladies, such as divorce, cancer, and behavior changes, yet it remains the leading contraceptive for women in the US. According to the Guttmacher Institute, an independent sexual health and reproduction policy group, 31 percent of women of child-bearing age who use contraception are on the birth control pill, under the watchful eye of doctors, pharmacists, partners, spiritual leaders and the media. Recently, the Pill's been receiving an extra bad name, and as other methods of birth control gain popularity, we decided to set the record straight.
A study from the University of Oregon shows that a specific type of birth control hormone may lead to increased risk of cardiovascular disease. The synthetic progestin MPA is thought to be have some danger associated with it. But the author of the study admits that further research should be done. Whew.
It looks like the British government is ready to get serious about unplanned pregnancies. While their rate of teen pregnancy is in decline, it is still a drag to the economy and families. The first step is a $20 million campaign to educate doctors about the alternatives to the pill. More to come.
The new British equivalent of the Surgeon General wants to experiment with making the pill available without prescription. The morning-after pill is largely available in the UK without prescription. We just hope that kids don't start using these pills recreationally. That could be a problem. Though it may limit teen pregnancies.