Poll: Would You Rely on a Male Birth Control Pill?

If a male birth control pill hit the market today, would you rely on it? Pick the answer that best reflects your strongest conviction, men in the first poll, women in the second:

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I’m with bliss. It’s not that men are any stupider, but I have had quite a bit of trouble remembering, so I would be focused on if my partner remembered. Frankly, I think that the pill, no matter who is taking it (if my partner were on it, I’d probably want to be too as a backup) is difficult and less convenient than a lot of options.

I want the male pill now!!!! I hate being on the pill – it makes my body feel weird, and frankly it’s no secret that condoms suck, the take away a layer of closeness and substitute it with rubber instead – the lube expenses are ludicrous. And to all the women who wouldn’t trust a man to take birth control? Puh-lease! Can we please treat men like they are actual adults who are just as concerned about the baby thing as we are? I would be very comfortable and relieved if my boyfriend could take the pill and we could… Read more »

Look, if you feel more comfortable taking the pill yourself because it gives you maximal control over your own reproductive potential, then great.

But I guffaw at the implication that men would be less responsible about correct, routine pill use than women. HAW!

It’s also going to make him the potential father, which I think should be given some significance. If we want and expect men to be responsible parents, to take care of any children they create–accidentally or otherwise–we need to also acknowledge their role. Your body wouldn’t be able to carry that potential baby without sperm being, in some way, introduced. I still think that the best idea is for both parties to participate in contraception, period; I would never advocate putting the burden entirely on one person. It takes trust on both sides, every time, no matter what. If women… Read more »
Look, I have a hard time remembering to take my pill every day. I’m in a long-term, committed (marriage, kids, the picket fence and all) relationship, and despite alerts on my phone, active habit-forming routines, and an alarm clock reminder, I still sometimes forget! Life gets in the way, as it always will, and while I’m massively grateful to my boyfriend for reminding me to take along my pill case when we’re away from home and the like, yes, sometimes I still forget. So, if I have that much trouble remembering (and its MY body in which a potential baby… Read more »
Bec, first of all, the above poll disagrees with what you just said: men would take it, especially if it would be guaranteed to work (and by guaranteed, I mean, it has the same, reliable effects of the female birth control pill, not that it’s perfect). Also, just because a man has decreased incentive to use a condom does not mean that a condom won’t be used; doesn’t the woman’s opinion count for something? Shouldn’t it? The STI risk for both parties is only increased if no condom is actually used. Also, why is it less likely for a man… Read more »

I just don’t think any male would take it consistently and even want to take it. Anything that they consider to be a woman’s problem or womanly they would probably not participate in. Also this would decrease a mans incentive to use a condom to protect themselves and would increase risk to STIs for both parties.