Male Birth Control Does Not Excite Me [Sexy Time]

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Guys don’t have a lot of contraceptive options – abstinence, condoms, and vasectomies are about the extent of it. All three of those options have drawbacks ranging from unrealistic (sup, abstinence for life) to mildly annoying to painful, expensive, and permanent. Luckily, the medical community has noticed a need for more options and one in particular has been getting a lot of buzz. While I totally support men having the opportunity to do their part to keep babies from being formed, I am not nearly as gung-ho about male birth control as a lot of people are.

It’s pretty obnoxious that women’s bodies are always preparing to get pregnant. I wish we all had an internal switch that defaulted to the “off” position, and could only be activated through some sort of baby-making chant, therefore notifying our bodies that yes, we are open for business. Unfortunately, that is not the case. So once we start fornicating for fun, the number one priority is keeping our uteri as unoccupied as possible. As women, we bear the majority of the consequences if our birth control fails. It’s not fair – in fact, it completely and utterly sucks, but that’s how it is, and I’ve come to terms with it. This is pretty cynical, but ultimately, I don’t expect anyone else to be nearly as invested in my body as I am. So even if  men had a zillion different birth control options, I would never relinquish an ounce of control in this regard.

However, I’m not suggesting that guys should be totally blase and laid back about contraception. At a bare minimum, dudes should at least be familiar with the most popular forms of female birth control and its side effects. If they’re in long term relationships, they should offer to help pay for some of the cost. And, when they’re engaging in casual sex, they should always be prepared with condoms and not say stupid shit like, “but you’re on the pill, right?” It’s not only absurdly immature and rude to put the onus on the girl immediately, but also beyond irresponsible from a health standpoint. And if guys are totally willing to let their balls be injected with a needle, that’s awesome. But, for as long as I’m the one who faces the most severe consequences of birth control goes awry, I will always assume more responsibility.

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    1. arizonapenguin says:

      I have to agree with this. Girls get a bad rap for telling guys they're on the pill when they're not, poking holes in condoms, etc but there are guys who are just as bad. Never leave your future in someone else's hands…

      1. djnemec says:

        Just like "Yes I'm on the pill" isn't enough to stop condoms from being a good idea, male birth control (if and when it comes out) isn't the end-all solution to unwanted pregnancy. If you're both "on birth control", it's probably pretty safe to forego using a condom. If you're both lying about being on birth control, well, I guess you're perfect for each other.

    2. Audrey says:

      I like the idea of male contraceptives simply because it would be nice to have a back up if one fails. Will I totally rely on the male's contraceptive? No. I take the pill correctly, but it's still possible (if very unlikely) that it won't work anyway. Having a safety net would make me feel better, especially since my boyfriend and I are leaning towards never wanting kids.

    3. Your Mom Uses Birth Control says:

      The "off switch" will soon be taken care of by tiny nanobots that collect the eggs and relay them back to the ovaries. We shall call them Snatch Catchers.

    4. Jmatt says:

      cos = cost. The editor needs to learn how to proofread.

    5. Amelia says:

      I'm all for male contraceptive drugs because I like to be double or even triple (in this case) safe. Ergo, even if there existed some sort of male pill, I'd still take the pill (because I wouldn't trust any guy I'm not in a healthy long term relationship with for things that have such massive consequences on my own life as a pregnancy would have) and insist on a condom (even if he insists to be clean) because I don't want any STDs. Too careful? Not in my view. Too untrusting of guys? No, I just like to keep control over my own body and ultimately life as much as possible.

    6. Melissa says:

      Just like to point out that a woman's body isn't always preparing to be pregnant. If you understand how a woman's cycle work, you learn that you have one egg released during a cycle (at max 2, within 48 hours of each other) and there's actually a relatively small window of time, per cycle, where it's possible to get pregnant. Look up the book called Taking Charge of Your Fertility.

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