While this may or may not come as a shock to you, a new survey reveals that a substantial amount of men say that they wouldn't want to take the male version of the birth control that is said be in production or at least the beginning stages. Since female contraceptives first hit the market many, many years ago, men have been so reliant on us to remember to the "the pill"every day so that we can remain sexually active without having to worry too much about an unwanted pregnancy. Hmmm. Maybe its time for a change though.
According to a British company called YouGov, pretty interesting data was shared, revealing that quarter or 27 percent of surveyed men say they would "definitely not" be willing to take the male version of contraceptive, with another percent (23 per cent) saying they would 'probably' not.
However, one in three men or 33 percent of sexually active men would consider taking a male version of the pill. Interestingly enough, this is exactly the same percentage of women who currently use hormonal contraception.
But it obviously brings up the big question: why would men be so hesitant to take the male version of birth control? Lucking the survey looked into that, too.
Men revealed that they were most worrisome about the potential side effects of weight gain, mood changes, and acne. While these are certainly valid points, these are things that women struggle with, too, and in most cases deal with because we need to protect our bodies.
The two current contraceptives that are available to men (condoms or having a vasectomy) don't carry any of the weight of side effects that they would need to deal with on a daily basis as the pill would.
If you are wondering, there is a male contraceptive currently in the works that is similar to the female version (would need to be taken every day in pill form), but it is years away from being available to the masses. This experimental male oral contraceptive is called dimethandrolone undecanoate (DMAU), which works by combining activity of an androgen (male hormone) like testosterone, and a progestin, and is taken once a day, said the study's senior investigator, Dr Stephanie Page according to Pretty 52. Researchers are optimistic that this will eventually be able to be prescribed.
Page also shares that they would be more interested in the pill version of male contraceptive versus using injections and topical gels, which are also in development.