What about male birth-control pills? We keep hearing about research, but then nothing ever seems to happen-what’s going on?
Don’t hold your breath. It turns out that it’s a heck of a lot easier to try to manipulate or thwart the one egg a woman normally releases each month than the hundreds of millions of sperm a guy produces every single day. Even if a method is 99 percent effective in killing or blocking sperm, that would leave more than a million little guys in each ejaculate ready and raring to go in their effort to impregnate a woman.
That said, research into a male contraceptive is moving ahead. The most promising approach, rather ironically, involves using high doses of testosterone. That’s right; testosterone at above normal levels shuts down the sperm-making machinery.
Current research is looking at injections of a combination of testosterone and another sex hormone, progesterone. In parts of Europe and Canada, clinical trials are testing the effectiveness and safety of this combination. But clearly, a method involving injections isn’t going to be very popular. And this type of contraception would do nothing to protect a man (or woman) from sexually transmitted diseases.
Read more of Dr. Fisch’s advice in his book:
Size Matters; The Hard Facts About Male Sexuality That Every Woman Should Know…And All The Knowledge You Need To Improve Your Sex Life