In the world of birth control men do not have the same opportunities as women….. yet. For years some women have enjoyed the convenience of birth control pills while most men & women have been stuck using antiquated methods (Condoms, Foam, Spermicide). In the near future men will hopefully be able to enjoy this luxury. So many companies are working very hard and making advances that could soon change the way we do things.
The problem with male birth control is that it is hard to reduce fertility in men on a part time basis. It is easy to cut off men’s fertility permanently, but this is not the goal. Recently scientists have been focusing on the sperm itself as well as the production of sperm. These are the only two ways that birth control in men can be effective.The most promising study came out this year. This new technology involves modifying the gene RABL2 that controls the fuel source of the sperm which makes the tales 17% shorter then normal. This does not seem very significant, but in lab mice this meant 50 less efficient sperm compared to mice that did not have the modification. Also this year medical students and staff at both Harvard and Baylor medical schools have been experimenting with the compound JQ1, which was originally designed to cure cancer. It just so happens that it also works really well at decreasing sperm count at the same time. Both are working better then any previous methods used and will hopefully make it through trial periods.
One day us men will be able to wake up and take our pill and not have any worry about whether or not we have to use condoms. This seems very weird because the way we are socialized, but I believe that it would catch on very quickly.The only problem that would arise if there was birth control pills for men would be an increase in STDs because if both men and women were on the pill there would be no reason to even think about using condoms any more.