Here’s a headline for you:
“After 40 years of research, the male contraceptive pill is almost ready.”
Oh good grief.
Scientists at Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, Texas report that a new drug dramatically cuts the quantity and quality of sperm in mice. The trick is for optimum sperm production to resume when the pill is discontinued.
This version of The Pill for guys was originally tested as a treatment for cancer focused on hormones. Instead, it’s making the elusive reversible magic happen. And, because a man’s contraceptive choices are still limited to a condom, vasectomy or abstinence, what’s happening with these mice is a very big deal indeed.
Of course, a woman releases only one egg each month, while men can produce 1,500 sperm every second. That means researchers move from only 1 target to a kazillion. It’s this factoid that brings it all home for me: Experts estimate that 40% of births can be accounted to the lack of male involvement in birth control.
If a man refuses to wear a condom, did the woman lose her vote? Lose her ability to use a contraceptive? Lose her voice to say, “No glove, no love?”
Which leads me to the bigger question: In the throes of hot almost-there passion, if you’re with a guy you don’t know that well, when he moans, “Oh yeah babe, I took my pill this morning.” Would you trust him?