Contraceptives for men
As a rule, it is considered that it is the woman who must protect herself from unwanted pregnancy. However, in the life of a woman, there are already a huge number of worries and it is far from always possible to keep track of everything at once. Therefore, the stronger sex is also obliged to take this care upon itself. With this somewhat selfish conclusion in mind, let’s talk about male contraception.
So, mentioning contraceptives for men, the first thing that comes to mind is, of course, condoms. However, despite a fairly large selection of colors, lengths and flavors, men do not like them. Why? Because as soon as a man ceases to feel danger, he immediately tries to get rid of the unnecessary, in his opinion, part of sexual contact – a condom. Without even realizing that this is the most ideal option for men, since when used correctly, condoms provide 98% protection against unwanted pregnancy and the risk of contracting STDs.
In addition to condoms, male contraception has many methods. Today we will consider the most effective and reliable of them.
Contraceptives for men – pills
Oral contraceptives for men tend to contain a large dose of hormones, which affects the desire and quality of a man’s sperm. However, many pharmaceutical giants are still working to create a safe and effective remedy. At the moment, there are several of the most common hormonal methods:
- Tablets containing “androgen and estrogen”. They increase a man’s libido while reducing sperm quality. The use of such tablets is possible within a month, after which you need to take a break of 3-4 months. With prolonged use of these tablets, the following side effects have been identified: a decrease in interest in life and muscle tone of the body, as well as many mental disorders.
- The drug, which includes “cyproterone acetate”. The use of this drug leads to temporary sterilization – a decrease in seminal fluid. However, after stopping the pills, the sperm count is restored, but the time it takes to restore the quality of the sperm and the ability to fertilize is not yet known.
Hormonal contraceptives for men are perhaps not the best solution. Abuse of this method of contraception can lead to the development of tumor processes in the testicles, as well as cause a disease – “azoospermia” (complete absence of spermatozoa in seminal fluid).
Contraceptives for men – gel
Quite recently, scientists managed to discover a type of contraceptive for men in the form of a hormonal gel containing male and female hormones (testosterone and progestin). The new drug is a gel that must be applied daily. As part of the research, it was found that when using a hormonal gel in 89% of men, the number of spermatozoa in the ejaculate decreased significantly.
Scientists note that this type of contraception has virtually no side effects, but the drug is under development and requires further research.
From all of the above, we can conclude that male contraception is quite effective. According to the survey, 97.6% of men are ready to protect themselves. But in practice, 17% of the men surveyed admitted that they never use contraceptive methods. Perhaps that is why the fair sex is not yet ready to completely shift the responsibility to men. In the end, women get pregnant, which means they should also think about methods of contraception.