‘The Pill’ for men, according to an actual doctor
“The reality is that there is no scientific reason why we don’t have a pill for men in 2015,” explains Aaron Grotas, a practicing urologist at New York City’s Mt. Sinai Beth Israel Hospital. “[Yet] the only male birth control pills I know of involve supplementation of the male hormone testosterone. Like female birth control pills, the same hormones that naturally drive the body can be manipulated to shut down sperm production. While initial results look promising, a main fear is that additional testosterone will increase risk of prostate cancer, heart attacks and stroke.”
But regardless of whether or not one of these magical options is likely to become the new norm, would a woman ever trust a man who said he were on birth control? And would guys want to be on this stuff in the first place?
Actual men on male birth control
I turned to a few of my guy friends to get some insight:
Ray, 31: Uh, nothing is stabbing me in the balls. As for the pill, I can’t even remember to take my vitamins… I’m too lazy to remember to take pills every day.
Mike, 34: I’d probably make that commitment for as long as I was actually getting ass… once the well dries up, I would stop. And if it messed with my mental state even a little bit, I wouldn’t take it. I also wouldn’t try it unless it was completely painless… a needle anywhere near my balls is the last thing in the world I would ever do. I’d rather take a shotgun and blow one of my feet off.
Chris, 27: Isn’t that the girl’s job?
Ah Chris, you misogynistic scholar, you make a good point. For decades, birth control has been the girl’s job, and that’s where a major problem lies. How could women ever hand the reigns over to men and blindly trust them to do as good a job as they’ve been doing?