I was sitting around talking with my girlfriend, and we were having a discussion about all the different kinds of birth control that are out on the market, and how it can become at times a bit of a grueling task to find the right one for both us women and our bodies. “I wish it was the guys who had to take the birth control," I said to Brynn. In turn, she said, “I wonder...would they even want to take it when it does become available since it’s been the responsibility of the women for so long to be the one taking birth control?” I looked up from my pouring myself another glass of wine, and said “I’ll have to write about it, and get back to you on that”.
I’m sure you guys are thinking “Well, what about condoms? That’s our form of both control“. Sorry fellas let’s face it--condoms can break, and many of you don’t even wear them, and since vasectomies are permanent I don’t see guys lining up around the block for the procedure. So once again, it's left up to us women to be on some form of birth control. Women have had hormonal reversible contraceptive since the 60’s, and I feel that putting all the pressure on the female partner is hardly fair. However, a non-condom form of male contraceptive is already in development.
Associate Professor of Medicine, Dr. John Amory, who works at the University of Washington, is currently in the middle of clinical trials that are testing a combination of testosterone and progesterone through a gel. This study is also being conducted at UCLA. Amory’s study is looking into the effectiveness of a “gel-gel” approach--using two gels to suppress sperm production. One gel contains progesterone, and the other testosterone, and men would apply the gels once a day.
How does this work you ask? Before I answer that here’s a simple explanation of male fertility. For a man to make sperm the brain tells the pituitary glands, a pea-sized gland located at the base of the skull between the optic nerve, first to secrete two hormones which is LH and FSH. These two hormones in men affect the testes, signaling them to produce testosterone and sperm. The testosterone then gets into the bloodstream and goes back to the pituitary, which helps regulate its own production. This new gel approach that Amory is studying will basically boost the amount of testosterone in men’s bloodstream.This is just one out of a couple of studies that are going on now for male contraception, and I ask you men, If male contraception hit the market tomorrow whether it be a gel, a pill, an implant, etc, would you go out and get yourself on birth control? Image Source Image Source