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Male Birth Control: Easy, Effective, Available, and Totally Unheard Of

Male Birth Control: Easy, Effective, Available, and Totally Unheard Of

| On 26, Mar 2013

The male birth control shot is cheap, effective, and administered in a relatively painless 15 minute outpatient procedure and has been in existence for 25 years. It is currently going into small sample human trials and should be available in the United States in the next 3-5 years. It lasts for ten years and is easily reversible. The story of why it wasn’t available here sooner and how exactly it works medically are important to our health and our continued fight for reproductive rights and equality. Let’s get started.

Medically Speaking

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The male birth control shot would involve a 15 minute procedure in which a gel is injected into the vas deferens after a topical anesthetic is applied. This gel renders sperm infertile as they pass from the testes (where sperm is stored and made) to the penis (the sperm dispenser) through the vas deferens. It is biologically safe material and can easily be dissolved if the patient decides they would like to become a dad. The lag time for fertility returning is 2 months or so, which is comparable to the lag time of fertility when women get off of birth control. There are no side effects except slight scrotal swelling at the site of injection. This is a step up from vasectomies that can cause painful pressure and granulomas. The shot would end up being cheaper than the syringe it would be administered with. It wouldn’t change how sex would work for the patient, and they could get it on a week after the procedure. (source)

Paging Dr. Misogyny

25 years?? 25 years of testing and we have not heard about it until now. 25 years of use in India, on humans, where it was said to be 100% effective and we have not jumped on board until now. I understand that the medical standards in India are not as stringent as the FDA’s standards, so we couldn’t just take their word for it, but come on, couldn’t we have at least gotten started on this a little bit sooner?

I think that the reason it has taken so long for this shot to make real progress in the Western world is the patriarchy and, surprise!, the special interests of the drug companies.

Drug companies want something they can sell repeatedly. This shot is a one stop shop — once the patient gets it they never have to get it again. In theory, if one age group of men all got it, there would be years before there would be another large group of men in need of it. So they continue to push Viagra and focus on women’s birth control, of which there are a dozen varieties all in need of multiple doses. Also, the drug would not make them much money if it costs less than the syringe it’s delivered in. Many experts say that this drug would make a huge difference for young families living in poverty — if they can limit the size of their family, they have a better chance of getting ahead. Drug companies are not interested in selling one-time use drugs for the sake of charity and The Greater Good. Drug companies want to make money.

The female birth control that is equivalent to the Vasalgel shot is the IUD. IUDs do not interrupt sex, are easily reversible/removed, and they can stay in up to 10 years. (Unfortunately, they have a lot more potential negative side effects than the vasalgel shot.) But there are many forms of female birth control that can be used for short term and intermediate periods of time – diaphragms, spermicide, deppo shots, patches, pills, rings, etc.

Of course there are also condoms, which are both male and female, but male condoms are more commonly used, and therefore the only birth control men use on a regular basis. Culturally, condoms are seen as the only thing that men have to worry about in that department and sometimes they don’t even want to do that. Getting a vasectomy is viewed as something a man only does after he’s had a family, and as something that takes away from masculinity and is painful and embarrassing (despite the fact that it is also a 15 minute outpatient procedure). So I’d like to know where all of the male intermediate forms of birth control? I understand and wholeheartedly appreciate the independence and freedom that birth control gives women. But since the advent of the pill, the scales seemed to have tip in the direction of women having the most options/responsibility. In another completely unjustified dichotomy, women are given all of the responsibility for the policing and consequences of sex, while likewise being policed.

The attitudes that I am referring to are alive and well, and in the media for everyone to see. The Huffington Post writes: “One downside — depending on how you feel about shots — is that it requires the man receive an injection into the vas deferens with a polymer gel called Vasalgel, after a local anesthetic has been given.” I would like to point out that the procedure they’re describing is identical to that of a vasectomy except for an injection that the patient won’t be able to feel. This is a good time to remind everyone that an anesthetic is a drug that keeps people from feeling pain. So to recap — same procedure as vasectomy, but injection and no pain. Got it? Okay. Moving on.

I tripped across this little gem of an article on a website called “Nerve.” Here there be monsters:

“Everyone throw away your condoms, there’s a new birth control for men with a 100% success rate. (Throw away your condoms after you get the procedure.) A new procedure under clinical trials in India is turning out some very exciting results for the not-into-wearing-condoms-male community. (Kind of a large community.) The method works by injecting a polymer gel called Vasalgel into the penis, which then breaks apart the sperm before it can cause, you know, life. The downside: by injected, I mean injected, as in you have to get a needle straight into your jimmy for this to work. Is a small bit of dick-centric pain worth a decade of worry-free sex? (Assuming you haven’t forgotten about the existence of STDs.) That depends on your tolerance for dick pain and your love of barebacking.

…Come and get it boys, but don’t forget: a shot straight into your penis.

Needle. In. Penis.”

You know what else is physically painful? Giving birth. Getting a depo shot every three months. Getting an HPV vaccine. Getting an IUD inserted. Getting an abortion. Cramps during your period.. Ovarian cysts. Having a miscarriage.

Welcome to the pain party. But you know what? It’s fucking worth it. Because if the woman you love or the woman you want to have sex with doesn’t want a baby, then she shouldn’t have to have a baby. End of story.

And let’s not forget to mention, that the shot only prevents the sperm from being able to fertilize the egg. It does not protect against STDs/STIs so condoms are still absolutely necessary to prevent infection. So when “Nerve” decides it’s cute to make jokes about throwing away all of your condoms, and casually forgetting about the existence of STDs, I despair for birth control equality and fair sexual treatment of women.

Even worse, the drug companies, combined with misogynistic and horrible behavior, are causing other men to suffer (gasp!). Because in an amazing turn of events, there are a lot of other men in the world who are extremely interested in using this drug because they love their partner, because they want to be responsible, and because they are mature enough to see that these issues are much more important than the pain.

So I guess what I’m asking for is a little bit of charity and understanding. Charity in the sense that money should not be considered in such an important health issue. And understanding that women have gone through a lot of pain — I think you can take one for the team.  One shot in your dick is a small price to pay for trust, happiness and equality.

For a more positive and in-depth look at this new drug, check out this article from WIRED.

Written by Peggy Korpela  

follow her science, health and feminism blog thebiobabe

  • Claira

    This is a great idea! Though, since you quoted Nerve and Huffington Post in your article as being misinformed, why would you list the very same articles as “resources expanding on the facts?”

    • http://www.feminspire.com/ Rhiannon Payne

      It was an editorial error, not the author — sorry! And thanks for pointing that out. :)

  • DLZ

    Yeah, patriarchy isn’t the reason here. Do the words “no male pill!” sound familiar?

  • Seth

    I’m curious why you try to attribute to misogyny what is far better explained by greed (which you touched on) and medical science. It is far easier to use hormones to trick the female body into not getting pregnant than it is to stop sperm from being produced all the time. This isn’t regulated by something so easy to control as hormones. This vasalgel doesn’t even do that; it simply is designed to destroy the sperm on the way out of the body.

    If you look at any article about this new drug, it’s full of comments from guys excitedly awaiting the opportunity to get this done to them. It sucks not having any BC options other than condoms and abstinence. I’m not counting vasectomies as you’re about as likely to find a leprechaun as a doctor who will perform one on a single, childless male under 35. Even then, you have to prove that you have your wife’s consent to get the procedure done. Men would KILL to be able to take control of their ability to reproduce as women have.

    • Amanda

      “It is far easier to use hormones to trick the female body into not getting pregnant…”

      You have never used birth control. The mood swings, headache, dizziness, nausea, decreased libido, breast tenderness and increased risk of blood clots are nothing close to easy.

      • kier

        …the exacerbation of existing depression, anxiety and mental illness, inflammation, cramping, random bleeding, pain caused by IUD insertion…

      • just strolling through

        His point was obviously that there is no natural male off switch, not that there are no side affects with the female alternative. also aren’t most of those side affects also associated with being pregnant? so they should be expected when mimicking pregnancy. not dissagreeing with your statement, just pointing out that your argument is not aimed at what he said.

      • Jen

        Yes, all of which is easily accomplished through the manipulation of hormones.

    • Jubee

      “This isn’t regulated by something so easy to control as hormones. This vasalgel doesn’t even do that; it simply is designed to destroy the sperm on the way out of the body.”

      Actually chemicals are even MORE difficult to regulate as it has many, many side-effects and isn’t even 100% effective. Birth control is only in the 98th – 99th percent effective, while this is 100. We face anything from mood swings, prescription recalls, nausea, vomiting, weight gain, anemia, et cetera. With this male form of birth control, it is a polymer that coats the vas tubes, and it basically zaps the sperm using a magnetic charge. That actually way easier and has no symptoms other than, well, no babies!

      The thing about this article is there are mixed reviews on the drug that causes it to remain unavailable. It IS easier to make money off of women’s contraceptives and pharma loves them money it rakes in. Also, there are plenty of men I’ve also heard from that are scared about the procedure, which I understand, but at the same time there is a lot of pain women face as well in the contraceptive world. I think if you want to do it, go for it! And if you don’t, then don’t do it!

    • kittendelight

      Clearly you haven’t read the comments from people actually studying the reproductive system, presumably more educated than yours.

  • Peggy K.

    I guess I should add that I graduated with a degree in Human Biology. Believe me, the male reproductive anatomy/sperm generation process is far more simple than the female’s- there are no monthly cycles to interrupt and far less competing hormones- and I would hazard an educated guess that that would make it more easily controlled, fertility-wise than the female’s.The key thing here is that no one (until now) has bothered to study male anatomy with the goal of creating male birth control.

    • CuriousIrishman

      You’re missing the point.

      How is a woman meant to know that a man she’s sleeping with has had x or y drug, particularly if it’s only a casual thing? The answer is that she has no real way of telling. The focus on female reproductive control is sound, because women are the ones who get pregnant and so have the higher stake in the whole process, whereas men can have between secondary one and no stake at all depending on circumstances.

      • HerpDerp

        The same can be said of women who tell men that they are on the pill.

      • Nikki

        Yes…they have no stake for nine months until their one night stand pops up looking for child support and acting like they own the kid when the father wants to be involved. How sexist of you to intimate that only women matter when it comes to life giving! This affects a man’s entire life as well, particularly if he didn’t want to be a father. My fiance’s ex lied about her fertility and dumped him the week she discovered she was pregnant but happily went for child support while withholding his child from him. I think that this shot gives men more options, in my experience most men fear vasectomies because of the horror stories and the fact that they don’t want their junk messed with. If my fiance and I ever split, I would tell him to get this shot so he can’t be lied to again.

        • Janet

          One of the many reasons that male abortion should exist. The option is there to abort the baby, if the male chooses that he doesn’t want to support the baby/be a part of it’s life then he should have the time frame to opt out. Also a woman shouldn’t get any child support if she only reveals to the man that she is pregnant after this time frame has passed/shows up with a baby after it is already born without the man’s knowledge.

          • JJ

            And if the woman finds out late that she’s pregnant? What, she’s just screwed? I know a girl who was a serious athlete, and didn’t find out until month 6. Some people, especially athletes or those with a poor diet, don’t show signs until late. And allowing the man to completely back out in the first place is just wrong. That is, again, putting the entire burden on the woman, basically ignoring the man’s culpability for the conception. The woman can’t just back out, she has to undergo an often traumatic experience. Unless “male abortion” refers to literally forced abortion. In which case, just wow.

      • M

        I would hope if it’s a casual thing, they’d be using condoms anyways, especially since by your logic they wouldn’t be trusting of the other person’s reported STI status either.

      • sara

        A male contraceptive should be about a man having control of his own life and not having to trust that the woman is using hers properly, or at all. Of course a woman shouldn’t give up her own birth control.

      • JJ

        You’re pretty much saying women are more generally trustworthy than men. Not a sound argument here. Not all men are philanderers, and not all women are virtuous. If you can’t trust somebody’s word, you probably shouldn’t be sharing a bed with them, right?

      • Crysta

        Simple fix here, have a database that the women can look the men up in… Problem solved!

        • Bratista

          That’s awful, what if they suggested having a registry of women on birth control? Total invasion of privacy.

    • http://supercarrot.com/ supercarrot

      after all, it makes more sense to unload a gun (or destroy the bullets before they reach the target) than to shoot a barrage of bullets at a target wrapped up in bulletproof vests.

    • flografle

      They must be giving away degrees nowadays. It’s *because* women have a natural interruption to fertility called pregnancy that it’s easier to produce a intermediate term contraceptive (such as the pill) for them, by mimicking it. Tell us all, with your educated guesses, which natural break in male fertility should be used for an effective intermediate term contraceptive?

      Aside from that, since women bear the obvious greater risk in pregnancy and it’s ongoing effects, it’s also obvious that a contraceptive for females would be produced long before a male one, something both you and the author of this article fail to recognise.

      • Jinx

        *recognize … they MUST be giving away degrees nowadays, right?

        • FURYERR

          recognise is correct in british english.

  • Erica Blair

    Ok, but… anything that lasts for a freaking decade? That HAS to have side effects. I don’t understand what people have against condoms. I won’t take a shot that’s going to work for a year because, hey, it works for a YEAR. I won’t take the pill either because hey, it can give you stroke and kill you. Condoms are seriously the perfect birth control and bonus: STD preventer! Seriously, just everyone use condoms.

    • annie

      Because condoms aren’t perfect. It’s much safer for all involved to use more than one method of birth control if you can. I always use condoms- and I have an IUD because I am very sensitive to hormonal birth control. It’s much, much smarter, as this way, if a condom breaks, I have a little less terror to handle. I could go to my doctor tomorrow and ask for the IUD to be taken out, and have full fertility return within a few weeks. If the Pill doesn’t work for you, there are other options, but it’s definitely wise to use two.

    • Patrick

      It doesn’t have side effects because it is a combination of two simple chemicals that basically form a positive charge around negatively charged spermatozoa which rip them apart.

    • Collean

      Erica Blair – Condoms break! Lack of experience using condoms renders them useless. There are such things as latex and silicone allergies. So condoms are NOT the perfect birth control/STD prevention.

    • username

      My boyfriend and I were on condoms until the condom broke three times in a row. I went on birth control shortly after that, once we got over the pregnancy scare. Condoms aren’t perfect anythings.

    • Sally

      Condoms are great, and I use them in combination with the pill (which has massively increased my quality of life through reduced PMS and finally having a regular cycle). But with perfect use, they have a failure rate of 2 per cent per year. over a 20 year period, that is about a 1 in 3 risk of pregnancy.

      Also, overall mortality is lower for women who have used the pill than those who haven’t.

    • http://www.absentmindedhousewife.com/ The Absent Minded Housewife

      Condoms fail. Ask me how I know.

      While condoms are effective STD barriers for many diseases, they aren’t entirely effective for herpes or warts because those can be passed back and forth from skin cells shed from areas that are not covered by the condom, like the vulva, perineum, anus and around the mouth.

    • kittendelight

      And then they break and then what? Fuck up your hormones with the morning after pill? no thanks

    • Jen

      It’s reversible. You don’t have to wait ten years for it to wear off.

    • Alison Cowan

      It isn’t a drug. It causes a small physical change that remains until it degraded and is washed away (in about 10years) or is deliberately dissolved and washed away (any time). Think of it as a really really really tiny implant.

    • Crysta

      Condoms fail, a LOT! Also, most guys whine and complain about using them (for good reason, it kinda ruins things a bit, as well as ruining the moment…)

    • http://news.mensactivism.org/ Jhon Deo

      Because many people literally can’t use condoms. Condoms make it harder to get and maintain an erection. Even people who can use condoms usually don’t like them because sex doesn’t feel as good. Which is the entire purpose of having sex if you’re not trying to make a baby.

      The fact that the practice of male genital mutilation; which destroys a large portion of nerve endings in the penis; is widespread as well as socially exceptable doesn’t help things. If a couple is tested for STD’s then intermediate term, reversible male birth control is a god send.

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  • anon

    As a man, I am definitely going to look into this, but for the author who wrote this, It would have been better if there wasn’t an obvious grudge towards men when you wrote this.

    • Collean

      We women are allowed to have grudges. Eons of subjugation gives us this right. Now what we do with our right is none of your damned beeswax.

      • A male

        So you’re upset with men because men who are now dead repressed women who are now dead? Do you also hate the Jews for killing Jesus?

        I’m sorry, but my sex owes your sex nothing.

        • one who points out the obvious

          It’s just a troll, dude. Look at her posts. Just a troll representing what someone thinks an extreme feminist would say.

      • TheHammer

        such a fool. GROW UP.

      • mrzmlm

        As a woman, I have to ask, is having an anti-male attitude a requirement for being a feminist?

    • Bot

      Definitely this. Bad spin but good article.. so thanks for the info.

    • JK

      I don’t think that’s true, rather there is a grudge toward the misogyny behind these not being already available. Women have had to bear almost all the burden of contraception so imagine my surprise (ire) when I found out that if we as a society cared, women could share the burden more evenly. After all, we can’t share the burden of birth, this would even it out.

    • Virginia

      Waaaaa.

    • kittendelight

      I can understand where you are coming from but please consider that the woman is given more responsibility than the man in relationships (to not get pregnant) and that the author is more directing anger at the medical companies for keeping this from us

  • Maybe a musician?

    I do feel the anti-man sentiment from this article, whatever. Its good information. 25 years of development including human trials is enough to convince me. I’ve got a wonderful girlfriend and neither of us are ready for kids, nor do we like condoms (we put up with them the vast majority of the time). In summary: So. *******. Down.

  • jp

    How much would it cost though

    • AA

      Probably far less than having a baby, I’m sure ;)

    • thiskissbelongstome

      Article said it would cost less than a syringe – the doctor would surely charge for the visit but for ten years worth of protection, that would certainly be worth it.

      • NSmom

        Any of you gents who are concerned about the pain involved, not to worry. According to the several vasectomized men I have talked to about it (including my husband), the anesthesia for the vasectomy wasn’t painful at all. And neither procedure involves a “shot in your dick” (Peggy Kapela, the blogger quoted after the Hufpost article).

    • Daryle Brown

      In India the cost was less than $100.00 for 10 years worth of birth control. SO about $10.00/yr. Lets say they quadruple the cost. $40.00/year? A steal.

    • Kait Mauro

      I just want to say that abortions are much more painful than this and cost anywhere about $600 where I live, so it is important to consider the cost if we want this to be an option for men everywhere, but it’s also not as though being a woman and the options we have been given for BC (I pay $30 a month, every month, for my BC) are free.

  • Anon

    Why is the author of this article blaming men? I would love to have this done just so my wife wouldn’t have to deal with any more hormone tampering birth control. We’ve already made the decision to stop using the pill because of various negative side effects not the least of which included fainting spells.

    Clearly the reason this isn’t available is greed. I’d like to site Dr. Drew claiming male birth control pills not being far off as early as 1996 on loveline. It turns out that while you can mess with men’s hormones the same way you can for women there is no natural condition where sperm production reliably shuts down in men. Unlike women where ovulation typically stops during pregnancy. So if you hormonally mimic the pregnant state females will stop being able to get pregnant.

    I’m more disturbed by the authors clear agenda to paint this as men are afraid of pain or don’t want to be involved in their reproductive rights. You women get to ride in on a high horse because you have lower sex drive and somehow men wanting sex makes us pigs or dishonest. You should really try to imagine what it’s like to be in a mans shoes trying to control an insane sex drive and only having condoms(which my wife hates and refuses to use) to control your reproductive system. Its easy to paint men as dopy sex fiends and most of us would probably just laugh it off. Try looking into the reports for female to male transgender hormone replacement therapy to try and understand what we deal with. Seriously for the amount of time men spend on sex we could be twice as productive if we had a woman’s sex drive. For proof look at any gay couple and count yourself lucky you can still find a man to love you.

    • KyukiYoshida

      Women don’t have lower sex drives, that is false. Nor did anyone say that men were pigs or dishonest for wanting or liking sex. What, do you seriously think women have no sex drive, don’t enjoy or want it?

      • Kait Mauro

        Maybe the women he is with… mystery how that happens.

      • Crysta

        Indeed, we can have just as much sexual drive as a man does, we just have loads higher responsibility with it, not to mention all the “blue balls” a lot of women get from selfish partners (you know, guys gets off, gets off, falls asleep)

        Honestly, if men only orgasmed 1/3 of the time (yes I’m serious guys) I’m sure they would be a whole lot less eager to get it on!

        Hint: Guys, if you’re girl isn’t all that interested, there ARE things YOU CAN DO to help this!

        A: Make her life a little easier, by HELPING WITH CHORES! Nothing kills the sexy mood more than being stuck doing menial work for hours on end! Help her with the dishes, or help her carry laundry, or maybe even clean the bathroom (with her guidance…)
        B: Give her more girl time, with maybe a massage, or maybe a little time actually TALKING about something she likes to talk about, or maybe even *shock* give her time in the bath, with some bath salts (Hint, plan a time when you let her bathe, after a good dinner, where you take care of the dishes!!! YOWZA!)
        C: Let HER direct sex sometimes, and FOLLOW DIRECTIONS! We know what makes us feel good, and its tons better when someone else does it instead, and actually TRIES HARD!
        D: Best of ALL… Be willing to get her off FIRST, several times if possible (Most of us are quite multiorgasmic with the right activity) And TRUST ME, it pays off in SPADES! You might even get a blowjob where we SWALLOW!

        • flografle

          As someone who knows how to get a woman to orgasm more than she’s ever thought possible, squirting, full body – the lot – and gets told by women “you’re the best in bed ever” blah blah, let me tell you that this is a lot of crap.

          Almost all the women I’ve been with have had lower sex drives (none have had higher, and I’m not abnormal for a man either), and it really doesn’t matter how enjoyable the sex is for them as to how much they want it. Maybe they want it more with me than they would with someone else, but it’s still not nearly as high as I or other men, (from what I gather speaking to other men) would want.

          On top of that, I *do* those things, I make an effort, in bed and out. Doesn’t make a difference, if you’re with someone selfish you’re with someone selfish. You know what would be nice? Women who knew what they were doing in bed and showed some enthusiasm. It gets quite frustrating giving a woman the longest, deepest orgasm of her life and then she’ll do very little in return. That’s your average woman. I’d obviously have some sympathy with your view if it weren’t for the fact it’s completely and utterly wrong. (In general) women get bored no matter how good it is, and they don’t put in the effort. Maybe this is masked by blokes who are crap in bed, but that doesn’t make women any less at fault here.

          • KyukiYoshida

            Typical man, mansplaining a womans own sex drive to her and trying to tell her that what she wants is a load of crap. Did you think that maybe you are either being lied to, or giving yourself more credit than you deserve? Me and my own female friends personally have very high sex drives, most of the guys we’ve been with can’t even keep up. And I have yet to meet another woman, myself include, that was bored or not enthusiastic, with sex that was actually good. As someone who can see right through the opposite sex, I can tell you that you are a load of crap. A typical mansplainer with most likely, tiny penis syndrome. You’re pride is on the floor and it’s showing. Can’t get the pieces together long enough to realize the small handful of women you’ve had doesn’t constitute as the average women. And the words coming from the mouths of other dudebros doesn’t constitute validity.

          • http://news.mensactivism.org/ Jhon Deo

            Typical man, mansplaining a womans own sex drive to her and trying to tell her that what she wants is a load of crap.

            Sexist much?

          • sky

            oh I’m the best women never lie to me. I’ve been with ten thousand women and serviced them all perfectly, they don’t like sex blah blah blah. sorry but you’re a blowhard , you don’t know women you just think you do. we’re not all alike just like all men are not blowhards like you

          • flografle

            Yes, when several woman say it, without any prompting, it must be lies, right? They must all have learnt how to get their legs to shake (apparently) involuntarily, how to mimic the movements of a full body orgasm – inside and out – and learnt how to squirt from their vagina at just the right moment. All to fool little old me and assuage my ego.

            What’s more ironic about this, is that women complain (as above) about men not being able to satisfy them in bed, and then when one can but points out that women also aren’t that great either, they attack him. Or as the mods here do, don’t allow right of reply.

            Whose ego is threatened here?

        • http://news.mensactivism.org/ Jhon Deo

          not to mention all the “blue balls” a lot of women get from selfish partners (you know, guys gets off, gets off, falls asleep)

          Honestly, if men only orgasmed 1/3 of the time (yes I’m serious guys)I’m sure they would be a whole lot less eager to get it on!

          Since when is your body our responsibility? Your body, your choice, your responsibility. Women aren’t responsible for making a man cum; so men shouldn’t be responsible for making a woman cum.

          • KyukiYoshida

            When 2 people are together and have sex, taking extra time to ensure both partners are sexually satisfied is important. Not like a sexist, selfish, lonely loser like you would know lol.

    • Andre4000

      She’s saying that women have had to bear all the inconvenience and side effects of birth control, while meanwhile this was available and nobody was told. I’d be pissed at the (mostly male) medical and drug establishment too.

    • Diane Moffatt

      What women have a lower sex drive Dude? Weird myth spread by men who are no good in bed.

    • L.OHilo

      “…It turns out that while you can mess with men’s hormones the same way
      you can for women there is no natural condition where sperm production
      reliably shuts down in men. Unlike women where ovulation typically stops
      during pregnancy. So if you hormonally mimic the pregnant state females
      will stop being able to get pregnant…”

      This article details a solution that is NOT hormonal. Please read before you comment…

      “…count yourself lucky you can still find a man to love you…”

      Seriously? To be honest, I wasn’t really worried about that.

    • thiskissbelongstome

      This author isn’t saying men are afraid of pain. She’s dissing the other articles that say men are afraid of pain.

    • Collean

      Anon, if YOUR wife has a lower sex drive, don’t assume that all women do. Could it be that you are not stimulating enough for her. Sometimes a women will shut down when she can’t get what she needs and wants. Sometimes it is better to go without than take the best someone has to offer and have that best be just a tickle to a desire that needs true satisfaction.

    • Jubee

      You’re clearly an idiot. This product deals with magnetic charges and has nothing to do with hormones. Educate yourself before running your mouth.

    • Virginia

      Waaaa.

    • Lucy San Ingham

      “I’m more disturbed by the authors clear agenda to paint this as men are
      afraid of pain or don’t want to be involved in their reproductive rights…” – In my experience, men ARE afraid of pain. I have had three children and had to have an abortion because my husband was ‘too afraid’ to go through just 15 minutes of discomfort. he was all for getting ‘the snip’ apart from being scared of the pain.
      “You women get to ride in on a high horse because you have lower sex drive…” – Also ridiculously untrue. My sex drive has always been higher than most men’s. My ideal would be at least three times daily.
      And I’m so sorry about what you have to go through as a man. Us women just have to go through emotional turmoil, pain, aches and have blood leak from us once a month and push things the size of watermelons out of something the size of a lemon. Not to mention every three years when we have to let someone push a metal clamp into our vaginas to scrape cells from the walls of our uteri.
      You guys have such a hard time. *yawn*

    • kittendelight

      This is so offensive! Lower sex drive? High horse? Some nerve you have. Women wanting sex makes them ‘sluts’ so don’t play the ‘poor men’ card. “Look at any gay couple and count yourself lucky you can still find a man to love you?” that is seriously nasty to say. How dare you come here and tell females collectively that they are lucky to be loved with their lower sex drives? Not only is that nonsense, it is just despicable to suggest sex drive and a person’s value are equal. You are lucky you still have a wife with that attitude. You should do some research into how sex drives are on a continuum and vary person to person. You will find some men have lower sex drives than their female partners!

    • Boofles

      Most women have better sex with women. That’s why female sex workers love female clients.

      Maybe you should read this fascinating book about female sexuality. :)

      http://www.theguardian.com/books/2013/jul/05/what-do-women-want-daniel-bergner?view=mobile

      Also if your wife is fainting she could have blood clots.

      I think this piece is angrier at capitalism and the way it’s *assumed* that men care more about having a needle in their penis than their wives’ health, without actually giving men the choice. Maybe we just read it differently.

    • JJ

      Wow man, making men look bad. Cases of low sex desire are more common in women, but brought on by specific things like recent pregnancy and other things men are fortunate enough to miss out on. That doesn’t mean women generally have lower desire. “Women” can become a very abstract term the way you use it. The author “blames men” because we still dominate many institutions that make decisions regarding women’s health, while little if any attention is paid to what we can do for our part. Men could be twice as productive with women’s sex drive? What? Like men never got anything done. And what’s the last line? Are you saying women are losing out on gay men dating other gay men? Because of low sex desire? You and your wife have a lot to talk about, my friend.

    • http://news.mensactivism.org/ Jhon Deo

      Yep feminists love to demonize male sexuality. If a woman has a high sex drive she’s just a modern liberated woman, and if you criticize her choices you’re guilty of “slut shaming”. If a man has a high sex drive he’s a sexist creeper who’s only interested in using and subjugating women. It’s just one of the many hypocritical views of modern feminism.

    • sky

      Have to slam you for thinking women don’t have high sex drives. Mine is extremely high. I wish it wasn’t so high its very distracting. Some men don’t like sex much. Some women don’t like sex much. Some men and women can’t get enough. Its about the individual not the gender.

  • ImaDude

    I would gladly do something like this. The changes my past girlfriends have gone through on birth control took serious tolls on our relationships. That “4 periods a year” BC is the worst!

    • kittendelight

      The pill can really fuck with your system and after reading articles about how it changes how females pick partners I am not keen on touching it again! I don’t want something like that interfering with my life like that. I’m glad to see you are eager to take responsibility :)

    • Boofles

      That “4 periods a year” BC can actually cause breathrough bleeding for some women, which can last longer than a period. This is why it’s not advisable to only have 4 bleeds a year – some people’s wombs just can’t take it and will bleed anyway. Not to mention blod clots, strokes, and cancer. Progesterone-only pills are much better for your health, but still have more health risks than this. Also if you’re on the pill and you vomit or have diarrhoea it won’t work and you could still be pregnant.

      It’s nice to know that you appreciate the fact that your partners risk their lives just so you can put your dick in them.

      • youmustbejoking

        >your partners risk their lives

        I’m so badass. I stare death in the face every day when I get in my car.

        >just so you can put your dick in them

        Pretty sure women that choose to take birth control do so of their own free will. You know, because they enjoy having sex and would feel their lives were lacking something without it — just like men?

  • Stephanie Turner

    How about some better research here? It’s not “deppo shots,” it’s “Depo-Provera.” Norplant is more similar to this male gel than an IUD.

    • Mandy

      Is that not approriate short hand/slang? I know I’ve heard people refer to it as simply The Shot or Depo. Like, I take Ortho Evra. But most people won’t know what that is, let alone that it’s a version of birth control. So I explain it as The Patch version of birth control. Too many people still seem to think the only form for BC is the Pill. So IMO it seems easier to identify others that way rather than by the ‘proper’ name of Depo-Provera.

    • Jubee

      In case you hadn’t noticed, this is a blog. This is someone expressing their opinion on media and birth control, not a scientific journal. Depot medroxyprogesterone acetate, aka Depo-Provera, aka Provera, aka Deppo goes by many names. Anyone who is referencing scientific information from this post is an idiot. Extensive research should always be made before decisions, but it’s also nice to have some opinions and testimonials to look at, as well.

  • eagleeyez

    without ejaculation male orgasm is incomplete so I guess not many will go for this solution unless they really don’t care about this detail and just want birth control at any cost.

    • Vickie Gentry

      Actually, it does not prevent ejaculation any more than a vasectomy prevents ejaculation and orgasm. It prevents viable sperm from being expelled during ejaculation, so you are still shooting the gun, you are just shooting blanks now. Same bang, just less consequence.

    • thiskissbelongstome

      Where does it say a guy won’t ejaculate? This just disables the sperm that move through.

    • Zen

      You clearly don’t understand how this works. The gel does not prevent a man from ejaculating. It destroys the sperm so it cannot fertilize an egg. A man who gets this will still ejaculate, his sperm will simply be ‘dead’ and unable to function for the purpose of fertilization.

    • sdsue

      This gel renders sperm infertile as they pass from the testes (where sperm is stored and made) to the penis (the sperm dispenser) through the vas deferens.

      Read the article before you jump to a conclusion!

    • Arimenthe

      you still ejaculate. it just kills sperm.

    • Harlequinn Bell

      You do know that sperm and semen are two different things, correct? Semen, or, male ejaculate, is the fluid that carries the sperm. This gel would kill the sperm with no impact on the man’s ability for ejaculation. Also, orgasm in both men and women is a muscle spasm that results in ejaculation, not the ejaculation itself. So, when the contraction takes place, whether semen, sperm or, in women, amitra, is released or not, the person has had an orgasm.

    • mdcooper

      there is still ejaculation, the sperm just aren’t potent

    • ayahusca

      It doesn’t prevent ejacultion. It just destroys the sperm.

    • Jubee

      Wow, you don’t understand how this works, do you? The production of sperm and hormone levels remain completely unaffected. A man who has been injected with RISUG will still ejaculate millions of sperm along with other fluid, meaning that the backup pressure that often accompanies vasectomies is not a problem with RISUG. However, the vast majority of the sperm will be wholly impaired by the treatment and will not be able to fertilize an egg. This means you WILL be able to ejaculate and have a healthy sex life! But because of the polymer, your little buddies will have their negative electrical charge zapped so they can’t fertilize the egg.

    • http://www.curiouslylydean.net/ Silver Tyger

      You still ejaculate. The sperm pass through the gel and are rendered infertile.

    • e_violin

      It doesn’t prevent men from ejaculating. READ first, then comment. Jeez.

    • Anon

      You are aware this does nothing to prevent ejaculation right? The sperm still comes out, it’s just all dead.

    • Sally

      You would still ejaculate fluid, it just wouldn’t contain sperm cells. Unless you’re going to examine it with a microscope, you wouldn’t notice the difference.

    • thebeans

      “This gel renders sperm infertile as they pass from the testes (where
      sperm is stored and made) to the penis (the sperm dispenser) …”

      As with vasectomy, there would still be ejaculation.

    • devo

      Reading the article helps. It doesn’t prevent male ejaculation, it just makes sperm infertile.

    • Bre Monteith

      You still ejaculate, your sperm just aren’t released. Learn about your body, it’s fun.

    • Kait Mauro

      Did it say men couldn’t ejaculate after having this procedure?

    • Ann

      No one said a man does not ejaculate only that the sperm is destroyed. If you had a vasectomy you would ejaculate without releasing sperm so it is possible. Birth control that does what its supposed to do

    • kittendelight

      “This gel renders sperm infertile as they pass from the testes (where sperm is stored and made) to the penis (the sperm dispenser)” did you not read the article properly? It makes you shoot blanks! Gosh.

    • Jango

      Where does it say you don’t ejaculate? “This gel renders sperm infertile as they pass from the testes (where sperm is stored and made) to the penis (the sperm dispenser) through the vas deferens.” You still ejaculate, but you are pumping out infertile sperm.

    • MJ

      It doesn’t prevent it at all. Did you not read the article?

    • Boofles

      You can ejaculate using this form of birth control. It’s just that there’s no sperm in your semen.

    • Razz Lethe

      It doesnt stop you from ejaculating. Read it again.

    • sigh

      This doesn’t prevent ejaculation, it just renders the sperm cells within the semen ineffective.

    • Jeeeeez

      What? There is ejaculation, and semen. The sperm is just dead…there still will be a mess..

    • spiffykeen

      The injection written about in this article does *not* prevent ejaculation. It affects the same part of the anatomy that a vasectomy does. Do you even know how male ejaculation works?

    • Jen

      Where on earth did you get the idea that there was no ejaculation?

    • emma

      you can still ejaculate, there just aren’t any live sperm in the ejaculate.

    • yippieyeah

      dude, the gel only rips the sperms apart, it doesn’t keep you from ejaculating – it’ll feel and look exactly the same. you can have all the fun and no babies – great stuff.

    • Mosobot

      This won’t stop ejaculation. It’ll just stop the sperm being ejaculated from being viable.

    • JR Roelle

      This doesn’t stop ejaculation.

    • Alison Cowan

      It destroys sperm. It has no effect on semen or ejaculation.

  • RuinaKessel

    Btw, hating The Patriarchy is not the same thing as hating men. The Patriarchy is a paradigm, a system of thought and behavior. it is not a person, nor is it a collection of people. People *can* participate in it, and those people can also change their mind and not participate in it. So an article that criticizes the patriarchy is not criticizing men. It is criticizing the system of behavior and the people who participate in it. And surprise! You don’t have to be a man to participate in patriarchy.

  • Collean

    Male birth control should not be left to men. It should be something simple, something that he doesn’t even know about, and if he does not know he doesn’t care. It should be something that you can serve with beer and hot wings while he is watching his favorite sport. Better yet, something liquid and tasteless that you can add to any food he consumes. Men expect us to take care of all their needs, this would be just another way to take care of him. Come on ladies we can do this! They made decisions for us for eons. Now we can make this decision for them.

  • Collean

    A loud mouth man that won’t let women talk amongst themselves. Got sit in the corner Dave. We will call you when we need you…… take a few books and some food….. It will be a long wait.

    • DM

      What the shit are you whining about?!

      • TheHammer

        She obviously didn’t even bother to read what the guy said. It was fair information actually adding to the conversation & topic. You are an absolute idiot, a blind feminist. ITS HILARIOUS.

    • Spagety

      Grow up. Misandrism and feminism are two different things. You are a misandrist.

    • JJ

      Isn’t this piece about male reproductive options? Isn’t the male domination of female reproductive rights a huge problem mentioned above? I’m sorry, but what’s unneeded here is sexist commentary from uninformed ‘readers’. Your mentality is what, at all levels, impedes reasoned government and amicable interaction. Get off your high horse before you fall.

    • rude to the rude

      that was just rude. We’re all people here. He was courteous and had a point to make. Leave him be

    • Crisi

      Did you actually read what he said?

    • Andrew

      he was not keeping anyone from talking stop your ignorance immediately he was giving insight on the financial world.

  • screagle101

    How is this misogyny? Don’t women justify abortion by saying “it’s my body?” If its your body, shouldn’t you bear most of the responsibility of contraception, thereby preventing abortion in the first place?

  • Gary Munford

    So you have it out for all men because mother nature made you a certain way? I agree the application is awesome for guys not willing to commit to getting fixed, but maybe you should write so that you aren’t bashing guys for the female biology being a certain way. We didn’t make you that way, and not all guys are the same (I got fixed at 22 because I hate kids, don’t want any, would make a terrible father… take your pick). Why don’t you write an article on the women that entrap men WITH pregnancy to make money, or is that asking you to be too fair? Hate men much?

  • Jubee

    The thing about this article that people are knit-picking is pretty funny.

    1. There is no male-against-female agenda in the article. It’s basically stating how men should have the sexual choice for the shots as women have had the freedom to choose as well. The pain thing was an honest truth, even though local anesthetics are used, it is still being used as a scare tactic to keep people away.

    2. It’s not like if you take the shot, you’re sterile forever. RISUG is a reversible way to inhibit sperm function for the purpose of preventing conception. RISUG involves placing a polymer called styrene maleic anhydride (SMA) mixed with a solvent called dimethyl sulfoxide (DMSO) inside the vas deferens. The polymer used in RISUG zaps the negative electrical charge of the sperm as it travels through the vas deferens and makes the sperm incapable of fertilizing an egg. The polymer has a high molecular weight, the mixture of SMA and DMSO is not absorbed by the body and is not washed away by seminal fluid as it flows through the vas deferens. Lab tests indicate that the polymer is nontoxic and retains effectiveness over the long-term like a magnet does. The production of sperm and hormone levels remain completely unaffected. The RISUG procedure starts out similarly to a vasectomy, except the vas deferens is injected with a syringe containing the clear, gel-like polymer before being tucked back into the scrotum. The steps are repeated on the other side of the scrotum. As for reversibility, the polymer injected into the vas deferens can be flushed out with another injection of DMSO. Normal fertility returns soon after the polymer is taken out in this manner.

    3. I think men should have the choice to choose. If they don’t want it, that is their decision. If they do, that is also entirely up to them. They should have the same options, choices, and freedoms. This isn’t just an injection that benefits your partner, this is one that benefits you. No worries about being a “baby daddy,” no worries about teen pregnancies, no worries about too large of families to handle; it really does sound kinda neat, because when you think about it, condoms don’t always work 100%.

  • heyitsjustmetheguy

    great concept. Don’t think many guys will go for it. sorry, they (we) are just dicks. I might have done it back in the day… most likely not though. I don’t like needles… I gave blood a handful of times, but if I can avoid it I do. and that is a needle in my arm… not my scrotum…
    Also “the shot would be cheaper than the syringe it was administered with…?” I highly doubt that. Any Healthcare offering in the U.S. can be considered taking the wallmart price of any product and at least tripling it.
    like I said, it is great that it might be available… but whether or not it is used might be another issue.

  • Harlequinn Bell

    If there are people who may not get that this is a big deal, let me share this: A couple of years ago while waiting at the doctor’s office, I was reading a pamphlet on the Mirena IUD. When reading the section about how it worked, I swear to you I read the following: “We don’t know exactly how Mirena works to prevent pregnancy”. If you didn’t quite catch that, please read it again, especially considering that this was in the product INFORMATIONAL pamphlet. A product that had already been on the market and implanted in the bodies of countless women FOR YEARS. I cannot stress this enough: A birth control device that the makers state in their informational brochure “we don’t know exactly how this works” was approved by the FDA for implantation into women’s bodies. Was there 25 years worth of clinical trials on this device? I am guessing not since a class action lawsuit against the makers of it was filed this year due to some pretty nasty side effects including uterine damage and sterility. So, if anyone doesn’t understand why the author may feel that there is a fair bit of misogyny in the pharmaceutical industry, and how this quick, safe, proven and safe method of birth control for men being kept from going to market for over two decades might be a good example of said misogyny, now you know.

  • Jubee

    The one thing about this article that’s misleading is the pain factor. Yes, women go through a plethora of pain, side-effects, accidental pregnancies, and all sorts of things – but let’s be honest.

    You will probably feel pain after the procedure. The RISUG procedure starts out similarly to a vasectomy. The scrotum is injected with a local anesthetic to ensure the patient experiences minimal pain. A small incision is made in the scrotum, and the vas deferens is extracted with thin forceps. Instead of the vas deferens being severed, cauterized, and tied back up at the ends (as is the case in a normal vasectomy), the vas deferens is injected with a syringe containing the clear, gel-like polymer before being tucked back into the scrotum. The steps are repeated on the other side of the scrotum. The pain won’t be as intense, or long lasting, but it will be achy for an amount of time. It is, however, the most effective and amazing contraceptive I’ve heard about, and by golly, men should have the reproductive choice if they want it or not!

  • clarebear

    Get your facts straight

    The thoroughness of carcinogenicity, teratogenicity, and toxicity testing in clinical trials has been questioned. In October 2002, India’s Ministry of Health aborted the clinical trials due to reports ofalbumin in urine and scrotal swelling in Phase III trial participants.[10] The Indian Council for Medical Research noted that dimethyl sulfoxide used as a solvent for the injection is known to cause kidney damage.[11][dead link] Although the ICMR has reviewed and approved the toxicology data three times, WHO and Indian researchers say that the studies were not done according to recent international standards. Due to the lack of any evidence for adverse effects, trials were restarted in 2011.[12]

  • mimosh2002

    It is truly possible to control your urges… Male or female… If you’re so concerned about unplanned pregnancy, don’t have intercourse. Lots of alternatives.

  • Jason

    Apparently the “patriarchy” is to blame for everything, including ways men are screwed over.

    Look, I get it, women have a lot of responsibility to get birth control because they have the options. That makes complete sense though, because the party that has the most power SHOULD have the most responsibility. How is that unfair? Should the party that has fewer options or power (men) take on more responsibility? How should be expect them to fulfill that responsibility when they don’t have the tools to do so?

    And this article is completely forgetting about the extra responsibility that we put on men, without the reward of any power or options whatsoever. If a man and a women have sex, and the women gets pregnant, she has ALL of the options. She can abort the child, she can give it up for adoption, she can easily abuse the family court system to deny the father parental rights and to force the man to pay child support. And the worst, she can falsely accuse him of rape.

    He has no options or say. Nearly everything is the women’s choice. Our culture and legal system will side with the women far more often then the man.

    All of this skepticism and criticism of male birth control the article is citing is not the result of misogyny or the “patriarchy” or some bullshit like that. It’s resulting from an apathy towards men having reproductive control. We were very quick to give women tools to manage their reproduction, because it is indeed more complicated, and the biological ramifications for not protecting it (unplanned pregnancy) were far worse then a man’s.

    But in an egalitarian world, both parties need to have options and responsibility. That means we need male birth control, so the responsibility can arguably be equally shared between both parties. And we need to fix our current legal policies regarding parental rights that basically give the women most of the power, while giving men most of the responsibility.

  • Snr Capon

    What a stupid feminist biased article!
    Patriarchy has NOTHING to do with that: you said it yourself, drugs companies target high profits products. Other point, feminists wouldn’t want men to have control on their fatherhood, this is where the real inequality is between men and women. Female have birth control pills BUT they also have the full right to keep or kill the baby regardless the father’s desire.
    Do give “male pills” to men and believe me you won’t have so many “oops, I’m pregnant honey” . I’m 32 and I’ve seen 8 close friends being pregnant “by mistake”, statistically, 7 of them (more actually) are liars! Give the men a chance to not get trapped by a woman and believe me, they will take it!
    Maybe your feminist mind could consider the opposite; the feminist lobby wants to keep control on birth and don’t want men to have anything to say about it (accept the woman choice and ‘man up’ … or how to use men)
    Just to show you: we had a discussion lately (it’s europe here…) and most of women wouldn’t take it well if their boyfriend or husband would start being on a male pill or birth control shots. main reasons: ‘you don’t trust me’? ‘I don’t want to be with a guy who don’t trust me or may never have a kid with me’. Traduction? ” I DON’T WANT TO BE WITH A GUY WHO CAN DECIDE WHEN HE WILL BE A THAT. I, THE GIRL, WHAT TO BE THE ONE WHO TAKES THE FINAL DECISION (without or without the man’s consent).
    Article full of misandry!

  • Snr Capon

    Patriarchy has NOTHING to do with that: you said it yourself, drugs companies target high profits products. Other point, feminists wouldn’t want men to have control on their fatherhood, this is where the real inequality is between men and women. Female have birth control pills BUT they also have the full right to keep or kill the baby regardless the father’s desire.

    Do give “male pills” to men and believe me you won’t have so many “oops, I’m pregnant honey” . I’m 32 and I’ve seen 8 close friends being pregnant “by mistake”, statistically, 7 of them (more actually) are liars! Give the men a chance to not get trapped by a woman and believe me, they will take it!

    Maybe your feminist mind could consider the opposite; the feminist lobby wants to keep control on birth and don’t want men to have anything to say about it (accept the woman choice and ‘man up’ … or how to use men)

    Just to show you: we had a discussion lately (it’s europe here…) and most of women wouldn’t take it well if their boyfriend or husband would start being on a male pill or birth control shots. main reasons: ‘you don’t trust me’? ‘I don’t want to be with a guy who don’t trust me or may never have a kid with me’. Traduction? ” I DON’T WANT TO BE WITH A GUY WHO CAN DECIDE WHEN HE WILL BE A THAT. I, THE GIRL, WHAT TO BE THE ONE WHO TAKES THE FINAL DECISION (without or without the man’s consent).

    Article full of misandry!

  • Snr Capon

    Patriarchy has NOTHING to do with that: you said it yourself, drugs companies target high profits products. Other point, feminists wouldn’t want men to have control on their fatherhood, this is where the real inequality is between men and women. Female have birth control pills BUT they also have the full right to keep or kill the baby regardless the father’s desire.
    Do give “male pills” to men and believe me you won’t have so many “oops, I’m pregnant honey” . I’m 32 and I’ve seen 8 close friends being pregnant “by mistake”, statistically, 7 of them (more actually) are liars! Give the men a chance to not get trapped by a woman and believe me, they will take it!
    Maybe your feminist mind could consider the opposite; the feminist lobby wants to keep control on birth and don’t want men to have anything to say about it (accept the woman choice and ‘man up’ … or how to use men)
    Just to show you: we had a discussion lately (it’s europe here…) and most of women wouldn’t take it well if their boyfriend or husband would start being on a male pill or birth control shots. main reasons: ‘you don’t trust me’? ‘I don’t want to be with a guy who don’t trust me or may never have a kid with me’. Traduction? ” I DON’T WANT TO BE WITH A GUY WHO CAN DECIDE WHEN HE WILL BE A THAT. I, THE GIRL, WHAT TO BE THE ONE WHO TAKES THE FINAL DECISION (without or without the man’s consent).
    Article full of misandry!

  • rachiti

    I would LOVE if this was available. I’m married but I have genetic reasons why children are not a good idea…but I still want to be able to dream about it happening – thus why no permanent change for my husband or I. I also have reasons why I would need to stay on the pill after my husband had this procedure done (nothing to do with wanderlust). So, the drug companies could still make money AND we could have worry-free sex as husband and wife. How absolutely selfish of these companies to keep something this society-lifting from us. Ridiculous.

  • Steve Bentley

    I read about this procedure about four years ago, and went looking for a doctor who could perform it. Of course, that was when I learned I couldn’t get it here in the states. Sigh. Let ME make the decision about whether or not I want to be a dad again. Why does it have to be on my female partner? Why does she have to take a hormone-fluctuating pill that can have long-term effects if I can get a once-a-decade shot? Okay, yeah, a shot in my penis. Got it. Give me the treatment, already!!!

  • Marcus

    How could you assess long-term side effects without a longitudinal study of, say, 25 years or more?

  • http://www.marionstein.net Marioninnyc

    Except please “don’t throw away your condoms” as the male “pill” won’t protect against a myriad of diseases.

  • Dave

    Hey, don’t forget all the guys out there who don’t love their partners, don’t care about STDs, want to have a lot of sex, hate condoms but don’t want to leave it up to someone else (i.e. the woman they’re having sex with) to ensure that no children will be the result of the encounter. This is good news for those guys too!

    “It’s fine babe, I’m on the gel”.

  • Samantha Jane James

    Actually given the pH of depo provera, if the person administering it is skilful, it shouldn’t hurt at all. That being said, the pain isn’t the issue with many contraceptives – depo provera is linked to calcium malabsorbtion which is far more serious.

    But the writer of this article needs to get off the hate train. Vasalgel isn’t taking any longer than any other new medical procedure to get approved, and I’m fine with that. How much do you think they would get sued if they didn’t do their due diligence, and it either didn’t work or caused harmful effects down the track?

  • JM

    How many women will trust the guy who says “Don’t worry, I’ve had the shot” (or whatever it comes to be called)? … since at the end of the day if the shot fails, or the guy lies it’s the lady who faces the physical consequences of pregnancy.

    Contrast to the alternative situation if a girl says “Don’t worry, I’m on the pill” the guy is likely to go for it, because she is unlikely to be lying and probably takes her birth control seriously.

    My female friends have said that they like to have a sense of control over the birth control because there is far more at stake for them in the risk of pregnancy.

    I can’t see the shot catching on for this reason alone.

    Don’t get me wrong, I am all for men taking responsibility too, but I’m not sure a man having “the shot” will carry the necessary cultural weight to allow women to go unprotected and forego their sense of control over their fertility. Sure they could have the shot AS WELL as the woman being on birth control, but why would you?

    It is for this reason that I don’t think that male birth control has taken off (doubtless that patriarchy and capitalism have a role, but I think this one is stronger) – it’s simply not worth a man having an invasive medical procedure when women want to control their fertility themselves.

    Also agree with the commenter who says condoms are the best, for STD & fertility protection.

    • Guest

      Given the number of people I know who have had pill babies, I don’t see this as an either/or scenario. No reason that both partners can’t contribute to birth control to decrease the overall likelihood of an unwanted pregnancy.

  • Joseph Slabaugh

    Ouch!

  • Commissar Molotov

    A needle into the scrotum/testicle, even with “topical anesthetic,” is not “relatively painless!” This article was obviously written by a woman.

    • Jacques

      The pain of a numbed penis only equals the pain of a bruised ego.

    • warriorkalia

      Neither is having a baby even while numbed. It’s uncomfortable…. afterwards.

  • BC4UColorado

    Disappointing that this method of male birth control is still not available for the public. Excited to see how it catches on once it is readily available.

    In the meantime, we need to encourage the use of traditional birth control methods. Though there are many myths about traditional forms, they work. Check out this funny video that dispels birth control myths! http://ow.ly/oBJzy

  • niggity

    “Misogyny” has really been watered down these days. I remember when sexism actually meant that women were prevented from voting or having jobs. I remember when misogyny actually meant hatred of women. Now, apparently *not* having a needle shoved into your penis in order to deposit a (permanent, until dissolution) spermicidal gel into the most sensitive parts of your body, a gel which has only been used in humans in India (a country with an awesome health and medical safety record, let me tell you), is “misogyny” and “patriarchy”. I mean, wow. Pretty soon, *not* having your penis cut off and your testicles shredded while still attached will be literally equivalent to raping every woman alive.

    How about this, feminists: stop acting like a tin-foil-hat-wearing conspiracy theorist and blaming every tiny micro-inequality in society on some vast, omnipotent male conspiracy to keep women down. Recognize that this procedure is not well-tested in humans, and that it’s actually right now in trials (aka, it’s actually going to be available soon), and that in certain parts of the world we actually hold a higher standard of medical treatment for humans than for animals. When it’s available, ask your sexual partner(s) to get it, assuming they have the correct biology. Tell them the actual data behind the shot: painless, hopefully safe, permanent until dissolved, etc, and maybe don’t preface that data with rants about how medical safety is sexist.

    I almost guarantee that once this shot is conclusively shown not to cause permanent infertility or penile cancer or worse, a lot of male-bodied folks will go for it. Just don’t attribute to some ridiculous conspiracy by the “evil menz” what is better attributed to justified caution about medical safety and possibly the greed of drug companies.

    I mean, after all, what rich, white male executive do you imagine sitting in a boardroom saying “I could make a ton of money off of this new male birth control pill, but I hate all women strongly enough that I’ll just…… not make that money…. by not marketing a new drug.”

    There is no conspiracy. Society is not against you.

  • Rawr

    Stopped reading here:

    “25 years of use in India, on humans, where it was said to be 100% effective”

    I am calling BS on 100% effective.

    Also author, are you an advocate female birth control?

  • Jon I

    this line “Welcome to the pain party. But you know what? It’s fucking worth it. Because if the woman you love or the woman you want to have sex with doesn’t want a baby, then she shouldn’t have to have a baby. End of story.”— umm she doesnt have to , the pill is there to cater to her choice. as condoms are to mine. what non-ranty point are you trying to make with this.

    • warriorkalia

      Condoms are a thing that you can take off and put on and not have to deal with side effects, unless you happen to be allergic. In which case there are alternatives anyway. Hormones messes with the body’s chemistry and can cause all kinds of weird side effects that are largely unavoidable unless you don’t take them. Yes, you could use a diaphragm, but that often ruins the mood entirely unless you put it in before a date or something. Not to mention that, by itself, it doesn’t block much… it needs spermicidal gel to be more effective.

      The point was less that there aren’t a lot of choices, but that the choices women have are mostly hormonal-based and… not without side effects. Condoms suck in general, for both men and women.

      • Jon I

        Condoms ruin the mood as well. I was not denying that the choices for women arent mostly hormonal based or without side effects my point stands as follows the author presents this as some sort of misogynistic tactic to force the responsibility on women. In the argument of a woman’s body as well as women rights, men are constantly being told, hey its not our body so we dont have a say and this article is telling me, even though we dont have a say in anything else regarding birth control we should really try to make things easier for the ones who dont want us to have a say. If she is does not want a child, thats fine, but why at this point does it become the responsibility of the male? Why now does the male have a say and a responsibility to help prevent concept beyond condoms?

        Furthermore, how many women do you think would stop using the pill even if this was more widely available. This entire procedure changes nothing for the general public and can only be applied to a very specific set of people in a committed relationship without the desire for children. Also, I read this posting and the link to the Wired article. I didn’t see anything in either that related to testing the ability to produce viable sperm after the second injection along with no mention of healthy progeny following reversal.

  • Guest

    Please don’t give people false information regarding IUDs. The actual statistics for side effects is less than 1%. They are far safer than hormonal birth control. Far, far safer.

    Also, please don’t tell people to give up on condom use. Pregnancy isn’t the only thing one can catch from unprotected sex. Humans are pretty stupid and don’t need to helped out in the bad idea department.

  • Grog

    Peggy, I am sorry to say but your attitude in this article was extremely offensive. Getting beyond the “all men are horrible, terrible, irresponsible monsters” vibe, allow a certified medical professional to educate you on a few important facts.

    Any procedure that requires anesthetic followed by an injection by default is not ‘easy’. It requires a medical professional to measure the anesthetic, and administer a shot into a very sensitive part of the male body. This will likely require training and certification to perform just like any other operation of this nature. Sorry, you can’t do it at home.

    Second, I don’t CARE if it is available in other countries. You can go ahead and believe that the entire FDA is a group of misogynistic monsters, but they do very good work and if it has not passed the FDA’s standards, there is likely a very, very good reason for it. I suggest you post the chemical name of the drug instead of the prescription name.

    Third, I honestly cannot comprehend why you hate the pill. it reduces the chance of ovarian and breast cancer in women, and reduces your periods to a few times a year. The most common complaint is that it’s not ‘natural’, which if you have any scientific background you know is a load of garbage.

    Fourth, it has not been ‘researched’ as much as you may like because in India, where your miracle drug has been tested, they are suffering from an incredible overpopulation problem, which we are not. It is not a huge socio-economic concern that threatens to overbalance and destroy the entire country.

    Fifth, pointing a finger at men and implying we are all thuggish, lazy and irresponsible about sex, when most of us carry condoms is heavily misandrist. Look it up in the dictionary.

    • warriorkalia

      While I appreciate your point of view and the educational background behind it, it still depresses me greatly that essentially a part of the reason we probably don’t have this is because there’s no market for it here.

      The thing is, there seems to be a slight overpopulation here… but people don’t want to have less children, they just want to control who gets into the country to begin with. And keep their kids from having kids. Which, now I think about it, would be a decent incentive for such a product…. but then, that would force people to admit their children are going to have sex no matter what they do.

    • Katherine

      Misandry isn’t a thing. You’re wrong, so look it up, and also get used to being told that you’re wrong about that. (It’s okay to be wrong sometimes, that’s how we learn.)

      Secondly, you have no right to bitch about the side-effects of the Pill. You haven’t taken it and never will. You don’t have to make sure you take it every day at the same time and don’t forget it or lose it. You don’t have to PAY for it because you can walk up to any clinic and get free condoms.

      For that matter, you have no right to bitch about female contraception at all, so sit down, shut up about it, and let the women talk. You might learn something from the conversation.

      To quote another user upthread: “You have never used birth control. The mood swings, headache, dizziness, nausea, decreased libido, breast tenderness and increased risk of blood clots are nothing close to easy.”
      I already go through this on my period. I don’t want more of the same.

      Boo hoo, a doctor is gonna give you a shot and then you’re in the clear. You can’t self-administer a vasectomy either and that’s way more complicated, not to mention invasive, very painful, and causes its own set of physical problems. You get a single shot and then.. what, no viable sperm? Seems like more than fair considering women have always ALWAYS been stuck with the burden of dealing with contraception because they’re the ones who can get pregnant. If men were equally capable of giving birth, I can tell you that male birth control would have been on-par with my version a long time ago. Hell, give me a shot straight into my uterus ensuring that I can’t get preggers for ten years and I’d totally take it like an adult. (I can’t really take it like a man because women clearly have a higher pain tolerance – they also go through the ordeal of giving birth).

      I’ve been through three minor surgeries with anesthetics and let me tell you, one properly-administered shot later and you can’t really feel a thing. At least you would only need one shot and not something like twelve stitches which are painful and pull at your skin (I learned the hard way that the bottom of your foot is one of the most sensitive parts of the body and it can feel *everything*). One shot, dude. It’s like getting a tetanus shot. Might sting for a minute but then it’s over and you’re done. Like getting a check-up.

      PS: not every guy carries condoms so congrats on you for being one of the more responsible ones. A close friend of mine was both on the pill and used a condom and she still got pregnant and had a child. She’s one of those 0.01% statistics you hear about in pamphlets but now instead of seeing that tiny number, I see her kid.

      PPS: How about we get on with that research then and make this a thing?

  • GentleMan

    A needle in the genitals! I can’t wait! I can’t imagine why this hasn’t taken off!

  • Ron Laskowski

    I agree that it’s absurd for it to have been kept quiet in the US for 25 years but wanting any human to avoid pain is not a point of misogyny. “Welcome to the pain party?” If, instead of the pill, the option was to jab a needle into my fiance’s lady parts, I would certainly go back to condoms if she was skittish about the whole thing. I think it’s fairly understandable that neither men nor women want needles in their privates.
    Make a man pill already! Come on science!
    (Everything else you say is right on though :)

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  • GeorgeBrah

    Needle near my junk?
    NO. THANK YOU.

    • Just Me

      aaaww, boo hoo…. wait until you get trapped by a woman who “forgot” to take her birth control and you are stuck with 18 years of child support and drama. You will forget the vasalgel, you will want a vasectomy instead.

  • Urabutbl

    Uh… I’ve heard of this many many times, all in stories from India – there’s a charity that does them for free here. Always wondered why they weren’t allowed here in the west. Seems there aren’t any actual side-effects, but no-one wants to pay for the human trials…?

  • E.A. Blair

    “Welcome to the pain party”? I’m surprised that this ##### doesn’t favor orchidectomy instead.

  • ARandomGuy

    Finally. Condoms kill my sensitivity and generally make sex not worth it. Now, I can have sex and not worry if my girlfriend is lying to me, forgot to take her birth control, or doesn’t realize that her other medications cancel out birth control (all of which has happen to other people in my life). Obviously, I cannot go sleeping around because of STD’s, but it is nice that next time I am in a relationship that sex can be fun without worrying about what someone else is doing.

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  • AnonDoc

    Technically, it is needle in scrotum, NOT in penis.

  • http://supercarrot.com/ supercarrot

    i cringe whenever i hear/read the misinformation that vasalgel/RISUG is injected into the penis. (i know about younguns calling the entire vulva “the vagina” but do they also call the entire junk region “the penis”?) or is it just that nerve.com is getting some sort of benefit to providing the misinformation that may cause otherwise interested individuals to recoil from probably the most perfect form of birth control? (are they just trying to be edgy? i mean, i suppose it’s possible that saying it’s injected into the penis would at least make people talk about it more than if they had provided the truth. i dunno. it feels like there might be more harm done than if they had used accurate terminology.)

  • scarshapedstar

    To be fair, none of the lady shots you mentioned are administered directly into the clitoris. With that said, I’d totally man up and get this thing, but sheesh, squeamishness is not the main reason we don’t have this in the US.

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  • msLiz506

    “There is no secret society of men working to keep women down.”

    That’s not what she said patriarchy is. “The Patriarchy is a paradigm, a system of thought and behavior. it is not a person, nor is it a collection of people.”

    • BNHE

      If by patriarchy you are implying that the vast majority of the modern world’s leaders are men then you make sense. If you’re implying that a patriarchy even comes close to benefitting men as a whole, then you are incorrect.

  • kierra enns

    hi, this article is great! the only complaint i have is that right now, your ‘source’ link does not lead anywhere. this encourages independent research, however as this is an opinion piece, the author may want to check their sourcing again so that they don’t wind up in a bind.

  • TJM

    Is there anothe way besides sticking an needle in my sack. I think it’s unfair to burden women solely with birth control. I know condoms are contraceptives also, but I tend to view their primary function as a barrier to STD transmission. I would much rather take a pill than stick a needle in my scrotum, local anesthetic or not. I understand the hormonal dice roll that accompanies that choice and still prefer it.

  • Chrysis Cirrhosis

    What is your background in medical research, miss Korpela? Specifically with regard to the FDA, IRBs, etc. and particularly with regard to this matter? I get misogny is everywhere, and I’m not denying the hypothesis that it has something to do with it, but it helps to have peer-review sources and show that you have some knowledge of the process when pontificating on such matters.

  • TheNoNeedleInMyWienerBoy

    “Welcome to the pain party. But you know what? It’s fucking worth it.
    Because if the woman you love or the woman you want to have sex with
    doesn’t want a baby, then she shouldn’t have to have a baby. End of
    story.”

    Best. Argument. Ever.

    So if someone does not want something, I am in charge for that person not having it? Where’s your emancipation? Come on, you are prowd women, you take what you want. You don’t rely on men to do it for you do you?

    Nah but really. I dun want a needle in my wiener. Really girls… I mean … I … noo … come on … you … no … no … please… :<

    I use condoms, you use whatever pleases you. Or no sexysexy. And yes, that's an option too.

  • BNHE

    I’m not sure how it’s misogynistic to women that a male BC such as RISUG has yet to be released in the U.S. If anything it is misandrist to men who don’t have as many options as women. While we’re at it Viagra is misandrist as well. It’s basically a drug that sends the message to men that they should be able to get hard at all times. Do they not realize men have to be in the mood too?

  • Katie Bossetti

    When they had a what else is painful discussion, I really can’t believe they mentioned miscarriage, IUD, abortions, depo shots; but didn’t mention giving birth. I mean doesn’t that one take the cake haha.

    • Guest

      It is the first thing listed.

  • sky

    many women have irregular periods especially when they are young

  • Lauren Perry

    I’m confused. I thought the shot lasted ten years. That would make it about the equivalent of, say, an IUD and I don’t see anyone sweeping those under the rug for the sake of profit.

    Plus, uh, male condoms, anyone? Only the most commonly used form of birth control in the world, as far as I know.

  • Kris

    Some forms of birth control can cause a woman to stop menstruating so she wouldn’t have necessarily noticed if it failed, or if she wasn’t having a period very often due to exercise. There are also women who will still have light bleeding around when they would have had a period for the first several months of pregnancy.

  • jacques strapp

    Seems like a good alternative, but the blog fails to highlight the fact that the shot messes with the pituitary gland. Messing with brain chemistry seems pretty sketchy.

  • JoshG

    The Nerve article is very wrong. The vas deferens is in the scrotum, not the penis. No injections to the penis. The incision spots for a vasectomy is at the top of the scrotum, on the spermatic cord in the inguinal area. So, two small incisions at the top of the scrotum, on the right and left side, where you can feel the cords in the scrotum. I would totally get this done, as it sounds pretty good. Especially in a dedicated relationship where STDs are unlikely, but pregnancy scares are more common.

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  • Gazera

    Was about to post a long response to this article tearing it apart for being so misogynistic, then I read the websites name and realized it wouldn’t matter to the kind of readers you are likely to have.

  • Carabosse

    I know someone who bled every month for every single one of her four pregnancies.

  • KuroiAmaterasu

    Yeah it’s all on those selfish men. Shame on them.

    SHAME!

  • Science

    Feminspire thinks _______ is caused by the patriarchy.

    This is totally an unexpected and surprising opinion, I am truly shocked and amazed, even, flabbergasted, by this tricky twist of events.

  • Jess

    I understand that there are men out there that can be rude about sex and women, but that is why we don’t date them or sleep with them. With that being said, I find this article to be informative in the beginning but halfway through there was a lot of gender bashing. We will not be treated equal if we just swing oppression of the opposite sex in the other direction.
    This injection is very promising and I don’t just see it as a way to not take the pill, get the depo or get my tubes tied but it is a great way to reduce teen pregnancy and eliminate poverty breeding poverty. This is a very safe and simple solution to unwanted pregnancies and it’s a great “set it and forget it” method. I’m not just in favor because it is mans time to worry about the consequences of sex, but it takes worry off of both sexes in a very simple way.

  • Andrew

    OK i would love to get this shot i can take a lot of pain but my junk does not do so well can they put me under T_T i mean its a needle to the shlang john i mean i cant give birth but i go down with a nut shot and on a pain scale many women say Broken Bones, Kidney Stones, Gallstones, were worse than child birth IM NOT SAYING!!!!! That we experience more pain but i have had broken bones and stones but non of that compares to getting a kick to the boys… so a shot …. is quite intimidating.

  • Al

    This article asks why we don’t know anything about male birth control….as a feminist column it is important to know all the effects various feminist ideoligies create. The patriarcal society? The pharma companies? Men who don’t want to mess with their junk? Yes and then another prominent group who are very actively attempting to maintain control over men’s reproductive freedom/rights or as it is called in this article responsibilities.

    http://heartiste.wordpress.com/2012/05/14/why-are-feminists-against-the-male-pill/