Male Birth Control: Would you do this? Would you suggest it for your Son?

The procedure outlined below is a reversible, and lasts 10 years.  No pills to forget.  As with the pill it does not protect against Sexually Transmitted Infections. 

It does have one failing I would wish for male birth control.  That would be alter the color of the sperm so guys could not lie about being fixed.  But that is a trust issue between partners.   

http://www.wired.com/magazine/2011/04/ff_vasectomy/

So the question is would you do this? 

Would you think about doing this for your son?  Would you think about putting your girl on the pill but not make your boy temporarily infertile?

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No, no, and no.

Nope. I would tell men or women if they want to conceive at some point in the future don't put chemical into your body to make your body not have a baby. There is some evidence that birth control increases the risk of miscarriages. There is also studies that say the opposite so you can believe what you want. The birth control industry is a multi-million dollar sales machine so I would expect studies that show there to be absolutely nothing wrong with what they are selling because data can easily be skewed or viewed in certain ways to show anything you want.

Making a baby requires two ingredients. Keep those from being mixed and you are safe.

I don't know where the chicken is and where the egg is on the hassle of contraceptive pills. I don't think for other medications we have "perfect use" and "typical use" studies. All studies for, say, blood pressure medication are "perfect use," so we haven't measured the effect of missing a day or two here and there, or forgetting for several hours here and there, the way we have for contraceptive pills. I'm guessing you get a 9-19% drop in effectiveness between "perfect use" and "typical use" for lots of medications; we just don't keep the data. And once we have the data, we might start handing out pocket timers and other gimmicks with blood pressure medication, they way they have with contraceptives.

When I actually read the information from the FDA on what to do if you forget a pill, I was surprised by how much forgetting had to take place before the FDA recommended back-up contraception, but this was for high dose pills. OTOH, I started taking my pills at 9pm instead of 10pm, and at the end of the cycle, I experienced my usual crash symptoms (migraine) at 6am instead of 7am three days later.

I agree the pill is used for so many more reasons then birth control.   

No.

The pill is not without risks either. DVTs and stokes are not something I'd want.

It does have one failing I would wish for male birth control.  That would be alter the color of the sperm so guys could not lie about being fixed.

 

First -- do you have a comparative 'wish' so men can doublecheck scumbag women?  Second -- how would that work?  Once deposited, seems a bit late to check the color.  And, if she's in a position to easily check the color, then she's probably not at risk of getting pregnant. 

 

To answer your question ... no, I wouldn't use it.  And, no, I wouldn't recommend it for my son.  Women are cyclical.  Men aren't.  Interrupting a cycle is different than temporary sterilization.  Surgery is different from taking a pill.  If something doesn't go as planned, women reset every month.  A sterilized man doesn't. 

 

My recommendations for my son and daughter are the same.  Don't have sex with someone you're not prepared to have a kid with.  Birth control doesn't control as much as you'd think.  A pill is no substitute for knowing what goes where, and under what circumstances ... and definitely don't go into surgery for sterilization if you're planning on having kids later on.

 

I would only put my daughter on the pill for reasons other than birth control.  I would never recommend my son get himself cut-on for no good reason.

 

JB

She might as well just swallow.  Can't get pregnant if you take the bridge instead of the tunnel, anyway.


JB

You do have a very good point.  I guess the thought is a product of a culture that leaves it to the girl to largely deal with it.  Which is wrong thinking on my part.  It is no different for the guy saying "I'm safe" as it is for the girl saying the same.  

Perhaps its a product of a culture that assumes men are untrustworthy in matters of sex, and women aren't.


JB

I think you need to ask people their feelings about having their daughter on the pill before answering this one. I'm guessing you'll get a similar answer for the two.

Not sure how I feel about it. 10 years is a long time. If a man is unsure about whether he wants his ability to reproduce stopped forever then 10 years is probably also not a popular option. I think this procedure will be only beneficial for men seeking vasectomies but afraid of the complications of the procedure. And therefore, I think for your average man to reach the age that a vasectomy is a consideration, I would assume that his father is no longer involved in the decision process.

I don't get your dyed sperm idea though. In a stealth fertility battle, its usually the woman who fakes contraception. Also, if a woman needs to see blue sperm to trust that he's honest about not being fertile then perhaps she should consider using a condom (or finding another partner) since if she doesn't trust that, how can she be sure he doesn't have an STI?

The procedure is reversible with a simple flush of the system and with in 3 months you are back to normal.

 

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