“Is there birth control for men?” Many people and most especially women keep wondering. This is because most a times after unprotected intercourse only women get to worry and suffer the repercussions such as unplanned pregnancy.
You must be curious too and wondering if indeed there is any birth control method out there for men and thats why you are reading this post. Usually, women feel that there is more a man can do to help prevent pregnancy than just wearing a condom because they always feel that they have to do alot to prevent pregnancy than men.
THis post is going to take you through a background of birth control for men and give you some of the available methods men can use to prevent pregnancy.
Let’s get started
A background to birth control for men
The history of male contraceptives is long and unwinding from way back. The first documented evidence of men using a contraceptive method is from a book called “Aristotle’s Masterpiece.” In this book, it is written that Aristotle advised men to place crushed cucumbers in their anus to prevent pregnancy.
In the 17th and 18th centuries, more contraceptive methods were developed for men. These methods included condoms, diaphragms, and sponges. But these methods were not very popular because they limited sexual pleasure.
In the 19th century, condoms became more popular as they were improved with rubber and became cheaper to produce. Condoms are one of the best and most common birth control for men today.
In the 20th century, scientists started looking into hormonal male contraceptives but these drugs had side effects like liver toxicity or blood clots which made them dangerous for use as a contraceptive method.
There have been attempts to create a male contraceptive pill from way back. However, it was deemed that the side effects of the pill would be too much for men to handle. The male contraceptive pill has been in development for more than 50 years and will soon be available to purchase if all goes well and if approved.
In the future, male birth control could be a viable option for couples who want to share responsibility and have more control over their own reproductive health.
Birth control for men has been researched from way back. It has been tested on animals and is now being tested on humans. Researchers are still working to improve it and make it safe enough for use in the real world, maybe in the future, there will be one proven pill to help.
Available birth control for men
You are probably expecting that there is something different that is unknown about male birth control methods. The truth remains that the already available birth control methods for men are known
There are many different types of birth control that men can use including condoms, vasectomy, and withdrawal methods.
The common way that men use to prevent unwanted pregnancies are condoms. The male condoms are worn on the penis in a specific way to avoid sperms from entering a vagina after ejaculation.
They are an effective way to help prevent pregnancy as long as they are correctly used just like any other thing as everything has positive and negative.
2. The pull-out/ penis withdrawal method.
The pull-out method is another commonly used birth control for men. Its effectiveness is based on time management skills because a man is supposed to keep doing but stop and come out when he is about to reach orgasm.
This basically works by preventing sperms from entering the woman’s reproductive system. This way, there will not be any pregnancy.
A vasectomy is a surgical procedure performed on men to block or cut the tubes that carry sperm from the testicles guaranteeing that there will not be pregnancy when this man has coitus with a woman. This prevents sperm from entering the semen, which in turn prevents pregnancy. The procedure is generally safe, but there are some risks that may occur.
Note: Vasectomies work and there are potential side effects that can be expected following a vasectomy procedure.
- It is effective.
- Vasectomies are very quick procedures if done with a qualified medical practitioner.
- Men who have had one will not have to worry about contraception for as long as they want to have kids.
- Pain during intercourse.
The future of male birth control is still not known. However, there is much hope for a success. There are a lot of issues that need to be addressed and lots of research to be done to come up with realistic findings and safer options. One of the biggest issues with birth control for men if effectiveness and the side effects it may come with. Researchers have found that some men experienced depression, mood swings, and other mental health problems after using the product.
It is also an issue if the man needs to take the pill every day or within a certain time frame in order to be effective. This could lead to forgetting doses or not being able to take them at all when needed.
Male birth control has been around for a while but it is still not as popular as female birth control because it requires more effort on behalf of the man than women typically do for their birth control.