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.

It is a very interesting idea.

Would I do this? If I had multiple kids or some other reason the wife and I didn't want to have them, sure.

Do this for my son? No. Why would I?

Girl on the pill? If it was for medical reasons like my wife is on it for, then anything to help out a potential future daughter. The pill is for far more than just sex.

 

Also, an aside, I can't stand people who talk about what a chore it is to take a pill every day. You are lazy and worthless if it is so much trouble. I have two pills I have to take every day for gout, it is a simple routine to be on every day.

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.   

I think anyone who would allow their girl to go on the pill would be for this procedure.  It is reversible and only lasts a decade or so.  If the boy wants to have children he can reverse the procedure later just as with pills a girl can just stop taking them to have children.   Hell I'd do it if I were still single and it was available.

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 could always spit it out and check (I didn't just say that did I?).

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


JB

True.  So many comments going through my head right now.

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