Male birth control isn’t new.
When the Pill was being created in the late 1950s, versions for both men and women were developed and tested on unsuspecting couples in Puerto Rico. The male drug was ultimately rejected because it caused a slight shrinkage in the male testes. Meanwhile, although eight women died, researchers merely adjusted the female dosage and put it on the market.
Male birth control made a splash again this past November — this time as an injectable. The New York Post and the Independent each shared the news to their Twitter channels, and the reactions are exactly what you’d expect.
World’s first birth control for men via injection to the groin could be available in six months https://t.co/pMhmgzrGll— The Independent (@Independent) November 20, 2019
As it turns out, men are generally uninterested in putting needles near their genitals.
Yeah, no.— Hendrik Little (@_TotallyThatGuy) November 20, 2019
F that— Anthony DiRuggiero (@tony__d) November 20, 2019
A swift kick to the groin could work too— Mick Pearce (@mickthemilk66) November 21, 2019
Hell no👎👎👎— Si Wan (@SiWan28107482) November 21, 2019
What do they want to experiment on us?
“Men are not too used to making changes in their routine, so it has to be marketed in a way that doesn’t seem so intense or difficult,”— Saes De Honos (@SaesDeHonos) November 19, 2019
Routine? You’re asking me to get a SHOT in my D*CK! pic.twitter.com/yBg9XObrn6
That’s a big fat nope from me.— Tim Heffernan (@HeffercanT) November 21, 2019
Some men seemed put off at the idea they should have any responsibility at all…
Her body, her choice means it’s her responsibility not to get her body pregnant.— Ted (@Ted92262141) November 20, 2019
…while others had logistical questions, or concerns about side effects.
I wish the New York Post had a little bit more info, like: Is there one that is less than a decade?— Dan (@obidankenobi_) November 21, 2019
Cause I mean, some guys just don’t want kids now. 13 years, that’s a big decision to make.
Side effects: weight gain and loss of sexual desire— David Hardy (@Divvi12) November 21, 2019
Yeahhhh, shooting a polymer based substance into my body doesn’t sounds real healthy long term.— Gabriel DeFlorio 🦉 (@BlueCollarYuppi) November 19, 2019
Women responded with exasperation to the men’s hesitancy — after all, they’ve become accustomed to far more invasive forms of birth control. Besides, some women pointed out, men don’t experience the consequences of risky sex the way women do and aren’t likely to take the responsibility of birth control seriously.
Dudes, we’ve been implanting copper and plastic into our cervixes and under our skin, popping hormone pills, and inserting rings into our vaginas. You got this.— Jessie (202) 224-3121 Losch❄️🌊 (@JessieLosch) November 21, 2019
No thanks. I’m the one that could get pregnant. I would not trust the handling of birth control to the man— reaghanlisa (@reaghanlisa) November 21, 2019
If I wanted to have male birth control available but never expect any men to sign up for it, this is exactly how I’d go about it.— Steele🦩Hippopotomonostrosesquippedaliophobicphile (@botticellicream) November 20, 2019
It’s easy to empathize with the frustration of women who have sacrificed so much for sexual “freedom.”
But what if the male instinct is right?
There’s something unsettling about implanting foreign substances into our bodies to stop them from working properly. Men should be repulsed by hormonal contraceptives in any form. Women should feel slighted that they’ve been kept in the dark about better alternatives and convinced that their fertility is a “burden” that falls only on their shoulders.
The beauty of NFP is that it respects the dignity of the human person in a way hormonal contraceptives just don’t.
Or, if injections to the groin aren’t your thing, we offer family planning that is non-invasive, all-natural, ethical, and 98.5% effective — even with human error.— CCL (@coupletocouple) November 22, 2019
Check us out at https://t.co/bBwE2rrH3X https://t.co/0FUo35WCgJ
At CCL, we believe knowledge is power. Knowing our bodies — including our fertility — leads us to embrace them. When we demand the very best for ourselves and our loved ones, the risks associated with hormonal contraceptives are out of the question. NFP means that fertility is the responsibility of the couple, not just one partner. We treat fertility as a power to respect rather than something to drug into submission. It’s 100% organic, ethical, respects the dignity of the human person, and often leads people to better overall health.
Or, if none of that sounds good to you, there’s always injections, implants, and a laundry list of unnecessary side effects.
The choice is yours.
— Forest Barnette
Marketing and Communications Associate