Male Contraception???

  1. What a heavenly idea, don't you think?

    How many men reading this would take a shot or pill as a birth control method since it is OBVIOUS that the condom isn't being utilized to control "unwanted pregnancies", and they'll never be 100% "leakproof" anyway.

    Any nurses know the most recent studies on the male contraceptive meds?

    No, my husband does not need them, but we have son-in-laws and other male relatives that might. Not to mention the male patients we care for that may inquire as to such once the pill or shot becomes a "hit" among men. Just something we nurses should be abreast on, don't you think?
    Last edit by live4today on Jul 30, '03
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  3. by   Marie_LPN, RN
    This made me think of the inventor of the female condom's statement on why he invented it: "because women need to take charge of birth control more often"

    Uh scuse me? Women have HOW MANY methods compared to men? Wanted to smack that man for saying that.

    So (the female that i be) I am ALL FOR male contraception, bring it on! lol
  4. by   live4today
    I am ALL for it too, Marie. It's wayyyyyy overdue in hitting the market. The "male" has invented a "Pill" to keep their sexual prowess alive, so why not hurry and get that male birthcontrol pill on the market so they can begin to assume the responsibility of whether they are ready for offspring or not.
  5. by   SmilingBluEyes
    I simply cannot see relying on a man for my contraception. and our young women would do well not to, either. jmo.

    no it's not fair. but biology is not, either. i take care of MYSELF as all young women should do.
  6. by   SmilingBluEyes
    as for men, they need to use the barrier method (condom)----

    it's the only way to prevent HIV/AIDS transmission...no not 100%, we know but the best shot, next to abstinence.
  7. by   AndyLyn
    I agree with SmilingBlueEyes. If I've got to carry the baby, I'll take the responsibility of keeping myself not pregnant! I wouldn't want my husband responsible for that... he has trouble remembering when to take out the garbage!!!
  8. by   KimmyKat
    I have two boys ages 11 and 13. You can bet I'D like to see male contraception available. I do NOT want to be a Grandma anytime soon thanks. And you can't trust the girls either, they're nasty these days (were we that nasty? Class of '82).
  9. by   Marie_LPN, RN
    You're right you have to depend on yourself, but heck i'd like to see the other half remember to take a pill like that everyday for something besides keeping the soldier at attention.
  10. by   Marie_LPN, RN
    Originally posted by AndyLyn
    I wouldn't want my husband responsible for that... he has trouble remembering when to take out the garbage!!!

    :chuckle
  11. by   bedpan
    As for male birth control I can only speak for myself and no other man

    Quite frankly, I do not see the slightest use for it personally at this time -

    I am single and a Nursing student - The only time I have been able to even think about sex was when we were covering the Human Reproduction system and that wasn't exactly the right "mood enhancer" shall we say? If it wasn't for covering that I think I might have forgotten exactly what sex was!
  12. by   Marie_LPN, RN
    Originally posted by bedpan
    As for male birth control I can only speak for myself and no other man

    Quite frankly, I do not see the slightest use for it personally at this time -

    I am single and a Nursing student - The only time I have been able to even think about sex was when we were covering the Human Reproduction system and that wasn't exactly the right "mood enhancer" shall we say? If it wasn't for covering that I think I might have forgotten exactly what sex was!

    AMEN TO THAT!!! Had an ex ask me if i were cheating on him earlier this year. I worked 3 jobs for a total of 50 hours a week, then 16 hours a week of class time. My answer "when would i have the TIME????" Since then thank goodness for the anatomy book to remind me what sex is.:zzzzz
  13. by   live4today
    I see the invention of the male contraceptive as a "freedom" for both males and females when being intimate with one another.

    Yes, women carry the babies and should be responsible for their prevention of pregnancy until they are ready for it, but women wouldn't be pregnant without a willing or ------ sometimes....an "unwilling" partner. It is crucial for not just one sex, but for both sexes to have the maturity to THINK before they act and protect themselves from having babies with a person (male or female) that they really don't see having a lifetime connection with as parents for a child created by them.

    Women, we let men off the hook in this area of intimacy, and this is an area of our lives that needs to be addressed more maturely.

    I believe that men should NOT plant their seed where they do not wish for it to grow, and a woman should not allow her seed to be planted by someone they wouldn't want as a constant reminder of a pregnancy not planned by them both. It's an equal responsiblity to bring to the intimacy table once a couple gets to that point.

    Some men will ask a woman "Are you on the pill?" before the act takes place, and some men are only in the situation for the fun of it....(no sweat off their backs...so they may think initially).

    How many women ask the man "Are you on the pill?" Show proof that you are protected because the pill isn't "100% protection guaranteed" either. Many women get pregnant using the pill....CORRECTLY too.

    Mothers of sons: This should concern you, too. When your son becomes sexually active, and he is determined not to remain a virgin until marriage, having your son(s) put on birth control pills should be on your minds as a solution to unwanted pregnancies that neither your son or the female he's with is ready for.

    Both male and female are fertile. WHY should only the woman be responsible for the planning of children? Another mindset that needs to be taken seriously.....IMO. I have grandsons, and believe me you...I talk about this to my daughters and make sure they know if there are new male contraceptives on the market in case their sons become sexually active way before they are emotionally and financially ready.

    Since my grandchildren are being raised by Christian parents, they stress the biblical family order to them. I tell my 12 and 13 year old grandsons that they should NOT plant their golden seed in rotten soil or the end result may not be pretty. I tell them to be very particular about who they choose to carry their seed if they want control over the outcome of their future offspring God blesses them with because once that seed is planted, there's no going back.

    It's important for men to realize that it is NOT just the womans responsibility, it's also up to them. If they would have protected themselves during those "oops" or "just having fun" occasions, they wouldn't have to sweat those paternity test or child support payments for children they did not plan for.

    MEN.......are you listening???
    Last edit by live4today on Jul 30, '03
  14. by   SmilingBluEyes
    We are not letting men off the hook in caring for OURSELVES, Renee. Here is where you and I must part ways, philosophically. REALLY, look at what the Pill did/does for the concept of sexual freedom. So many have thought "gee I won't get pregnant, (or get my partner pregnant)----so I can sleep with whomever whenever I desire". YES this attitude has existed for 30+ years!!!!! (as you know). STD rates shot thru the roof since the introduction of the Pill over 43 years ago. Spend time in a college medical clinic to see how many women (and men) using the pill get repeated treatments for common STD's, especially chlamydia.

    While it prevents pregnancy, the Pill does NOT prevent STD's, which is a HUGE problem---perhaps bigger than unplanned pregnancy. I see tooooo damn many pregnant women who, by the way, claimed to be "on the pill"--- who also have had chlamydia, gonorrhea, trich, and worse (not to mention, the pill failed them!) A male pill will do NOTHING to foster an attitude of caution and responsiblity where STD-spread comes into play.

    So I really see it as VERY unhelpful in many ways. I guess it would be good for couples in which a woman cannot take the pill herself for medical reasons, or where MONOGAMY exists already. Other than that, I forsee possibly further disastrous consequences that the "freedom" a male pill may bring to the minds of sexually-active people.

    Just an OB nurse's (and MOM's) POV here

    And, no, I do NOT want my son to become a parent too soon, either (he is now 11 and we are already discussing sexuality and pregnancy/STD prevention). I plan to discuss even more in depth pregnancy AND STD prevention with him as he matures-----I see either abstinence or PROPER use of condoms and spermicide as the best male contraception *and* STD prevention at this time. I will tell my SON this as he grows up. I don't just want him preventing pregnancy, but also preventing his contracting diseases that will have long-term consequences on his and his partners' futures.
    Last edit by SmilingBluEyes on Jul 30, '03

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