Today, researchers claimed another victory on the road to creating the first oral male contraceptive. A compound called JQ1, was originally created to block the BRD4 gene, which causes cancer, but it just may hold promise for a reversible form of male birth control, scientists say.
Researchers have found that the compound also seems to be effective in decreasing the quality and production of sperm in mice — thereby affecting fertility. Researchers also found that this compound didn’t seem to have any negative effects on sex drive, and when the mice stopped taking the compound, their sperm went back to their normal levels.
This means if all goes well men will finally be afforded the same opportunities as women when it comes to protecting against unwanted pregnancies. But will they take it?
Ask anyone whose responsibility it is in the prevention of unwanted pregnancies and the PC response will be that it is the responsibility of both parties involved, but the reality is most of the burden ends up falling on the woman’s shoulder. Right or wrong, that’s just what happens. So why now, after generations of consciously or unconsciously molding society’s men to think this way do doctors believe that men will now decide to start taking birth control pills. As it is many men, whether they admit it vocally or not, hate having to wear condoms even though that is a way to prevent pregnancy, so what’s going to make them happily jump on the pill wagon?
While I would love to believe that men would line up to get prescriptions for male birth control pills, I just can’t see it. It’s too ingrained in them that something like this is for women. In my opinion there would have to be some form of retraining, perhaps campaigns, town hall meetings, etc, to introduce this to men and truly explain its importance as it relates to them before taking male birth control becomes as normal for men as it is for women. Until then, egos will dominate and popping a pill everyday will become more about not wanting to be seen as a woman, than about not wanting to bring any unwanted children into the world.
Do you think men will take birth control pills? Would you trust your man to take them properly?