Monday, August 22, 2005

Male Contraception - is there a market for it?

Morning Edition had a piece today on forms of contraception for men that are currently in development, involving the man receiving testosterone shots. Here's another story on the topic, and a non-hormonal option for men.

My question is this: is there even a market for this? Women - would you give up your own methods of birth control and let the man be responsible? Men - are you even interested in being responsible for contraception? In some ways, this seems like a boon to single folks, if both partners are on contraceptives and can therefore further reduce the risk of pregnancy. However, I'm wondering if most women would insist on their own methods no matter what the men told them about their latest injection. I'm certain that I would. What do you think?
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Blogger Linda MacDonald Glenn said...

I think it's about time!

6:55 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

This is intriquing . It seem that the marketing of a " Male Contraception" gets spinned around every few years. I admit that i'm not enouf in the know to know if there really has been the creation of a male contraceptive has become a reality or wheather the "idea" is still circling about.
Male Contraception. I don't think the question is one of , Is there a market for it?, but how will it be marketed? Historially, contraception has always been a womens burden, how would men feel if they had to share in it? I think its time that they did.


9:17 AM  
Blogger Rachel said...

I would agree that it's about time. I like that there may soon be options for men who choose to take responsibility in this matter. Still, I'm so used to being the one with this burden, I would feel uneasy about letting go of that control. I trust the Extraordinary Husband as much as I trust my own, dear mother, but I'm the one who ultimately has to pee on the stick. I suppose what I'm saying is that no matter how much I may trust a partner, I trust myself with my own body first. However, if I were a single guy, I'd be knocking down the door to get these shots.

11:29 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Why is the question always about whether women would feel comfortable about relegating responsibility for contraception to the male partner? From a male perspective, I can tell you that I want to have control over my own fertility. I do not want to have to leave my entire desitny, and that of my offspring, up to my partner alone.

In reality, I truly suspect that many men who would take a "male pill" would do so in addition to their partner using a female contraceptive. Indeed, many men would choose to use the "male pill" without informing their partner of their actions. Which raises an interesting question - how would the female partner feel if their male partner were taking the "male pill" without informing them?

2:48 AM  
Blogger Rachel said...

If you notice in the original post, questions were posed to both women (re: their comfort level with the idea) and men (re: whether they were interested). Thank you for weighing in with your comment that you are in fact interested in such a drug. You have raised an interesting question, though - it's sort of the flipside of "what if she's not taking her pill?" I think nobody likes to be deceived, on either side, in response to how women would feel if this occurred. Probably the same way you guys would feel if you found out a woman was secretly taking or secretly skipping the pill, contrary to what she told you.

7:44 AM  

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