I can think of any number of women I know who will scream “It’s about bloody time” when you confidently tell them that this time – the male contraceptive that is proving to be as good as the pill in preventing pregnancy is just round the corner – literally.
There’s been a number of hoaxes and false starts over the years, but scientists are apparently confident (like a scientist will ever admit that their experiment or project is a waste of space and doomed for failure) that within 5 years, the male contraceptive jab that they have been testing will be ready to give women a break from the responsibility of taking care of birth control.
In the latest study of more than 1,000 men, just over one in 100 conceived a child, similar figures to the 1 or 2 per cent of women who become pregnant while taking oral contraception.
However, like with most studies in the past, the biggest stumbling block isn’t the medical aspects that will actually stop the sperm in its tracks…apparently, the biggest stumbling block is whether women will sufficiently trust their men to be exclusively responsible for the use of hormonal contraception.
I guess we as men don’t exactly give ourselves the best fighting chance when it comes to some issues. I remember one regular punter down my local pub lamenting that she can never trust men – and her reason was simple, the last time she trusted a man, she ended up with a daughter. I mean, who can argue with her position in such a case….
The testosterone injection, which could be on the market in five years, was tested on a group of healthy fertile men aged 20 to 45, each of whom had fathered at least one child in the previous two years. Female partners were aged between 18 and 38 and had no reproductive problems.
Lead researcher Dr Yi-Qun Gu said: ”For couples who cannot, or prefer not to use only female-oriented contraception, options have been limited to vasectomy, condom and withdrawal. Our study shows a male hormonal contraceptive regimen may be a potential, novel and workable alternative.”
You know what, I really admire men who claim to be strong enough to use coitus interruptus as a birth control method.
That’s right! I’m a weak man…LOL! There’s some things that I find difficult and one of them is withdrawing from an impending ejaculation. That’s just crazy. A herd of wild buffalo pulling me away at such a critical stage of coitus would have a job on their hands.
In the latest trial on a jab, the men were given monthly 500 milligram injections of testosterone undecanoate in tea seed oil over a period of two and a half years.
The men’s fertility returned to normal in all but two participants after the treatment was stopped.
Scary though to know that you might not get your mojo back – but seriously, I’ll sign up to use it if it’s on the market, if only to give ‘er indoors a breather.
Results from the Chinese trial, the largest effectiveness study of a testosterone-based male contraceptive ever undertaken, will appear in the June issue of the Journal of Clinical Endocrinology and Metabolism. The study, which was backed by the World Health Organisation, used buttock injections, alternating sides with each jab.
There were no serious side effects caused by the testosterone injections, although severe acne affected some volunteers.
However, almost one third of 1,045 men enrolled in the trial did not complete it and no reason was provided for this.
Heelllloooo!!! Did someone check the local morgue???