The Male Contraceptive Pill Is Here And It's About Time Too
Involves a contraceptive nasal spray, which couldn't sound sexier.
Contrary to Coach Carr from Mean Girls' assertion that if you have sex, you will get pregnant and die, sex can actually be pretty fun. But if you or your female partner don't want to find yourself with a baby nine months later, contraception is pretty important.
One of the most popular methods around is the contraceptive pill, however this is no longer just limited to being something women can take as scientists have revealed that they are one step closer to creating a version to be taken by men instead.
Not only will this give men more control over their fertility, but it means that contraception is a step closer to being more of an equal responsibility, no matter what sex you are.
The new Pill apparently works by temporarily stopping a proteing in sperm from working, essentially meaning the tiny little spermatazoa can no longer swim and as such are unable to fertilise a woman's egg. The effect is also fairly instant meaning it can be taken shortly before doing the dirty and may even last for several days after taking.
It wouldn't necessarily have to be taken in pill form either and could apparently also work as a skin implant or as a nasal spray.
Researcher Professor John Howl from Wolverhampton University seems pretty excited about the whole thing and says: "The results are startling – and almost instant. When you take healthy sperm and add our compound, within a few minutes the sperm basically cannot move. This is a totally unique approach – nobody else has ever done this before."
The slight downside is that this probably won't be available until 2021 at the earliest due to the need for further testing, but it sounds like it has the potential to help a lot of people.
As John continues: "[Some women] cannot take the Pill for medical reasons – for instance due to migraine with aura or an increased risk of blood clots.
"It would also help men who want to have control over their own fertility. For example, to ensure they do not get trapped into having a child by a woman who says she is on the Pill, but isn’t."
Alright John, let's all calm down here. If a man thinks a woman is trying to 'trap' him then perhaps he shouldn't be putting his peen in her vagine in the first place. Sounds like they need to sit down and have a real conversation over a cuppa instead.
Still, this advance does sounds pretty great as it's about time we saw men being able to take more responsibility for contraception, although let's all not forget that the pill doesn't protect you from STIs the way condoms do, which is why you and your partner should always make sure you get a full sexual health check up before having sex without them.
And if condoms good enough for DanRad, they're good enough for us all.