Finally women don't have to be in charge of everything, including birth control. Now we can share the hormonal fun of being able to take a pill that affects every aspect of our bodies, with men. Aren't we so giving?
Because men expect us to "swallow", a male contraceptive skin patch has proven quite promising.
This magical patch uses a combination of testosterone and Nestorone, a new synthetic version of the hormone progestin. Previous studies have tested a testosterone-progestin combination in men in pill, implant, and shot form, but there have been adverse side effects like acne and changes in cholesterol levels. Never mind all the change we women suffer.
This new combination does a good job or suppressing sperm production but doesn't have any of the negative effects that the other progestin's had. God forbid they would suffer.
So how well, exactly, does the patch work? According to Jezebel, the study looked at 99 men who were given three different versions of a patch and were told to use it every day for six months.
One delivered testosterone plus a placebo, and the other two used testosterone with a dose of either 8 or 12 milligrams of Nestorone. In the end, 56 of the guys completed at least 20 weeks of wearing the patch. Of those men, just 23 percent of the men who used the testosterone-only patch had low enough sperm concentrations to ensure "very low pregnancy rates."
The patches that used the testosterone-Nestorone mixes were a different story entirely. They both resulted in 88 to 89 percent of men having very low sperm counts. In fact, both doses of Nestorone resulted in significant percentages of men having a complete absence of sperm.
What do you think of men taking birth control instead of women?
Viewers serve up their thoughts:
Claudio writes: Im down. I got 3 kids under the age of 2yrs old already :-D
James writes: Sure
Gwen writes: I'm sure a lot of guys would be happy to take it, but I don't think any ladies should leave it in the hands of the fellas. I've known guys who will say *anything* to get laid, so until you're in a super-commited relationship, girls should keep all their bases covered.
Tony writes: Men fail to lower the toilet seat, take out the trash, remember birthdays and anniversaries, but you're going to trust us to take steps to prevent pregnancy? I'll remind you gals of something. Men don't get pregnant. ;o)
Hector writes: why not. isn't that what a condom is, birth control?
Dennis writes: That is something i refuse to try