Can you imagine a world without female birth control? No doubt there would be protests, pressure groups, lobbyists. Feminist activists united with right-wing moms. White knight politicians scrambling to write bills one-upping each other to provide more and more funding. Rush Limbaugh would be going wild, calling women sluts left and right. The nation would grind to a halt as women cried out against the patriarchal exploitation imposed on a woman’s fertility. Big pharma would pull out all the stops.
Now reverse that and imagine a world without male birth control. Would there be protests, massive calls for funding, shrieking about the matriarchy? Well, simply look around and you see there’s basically silence. Okay, yes, we have condoms but a rigorous and proper fucking can often shred these delicate chaps. Where is the more fool-(and fuck-)proof male birth control? And to channel Bill Burr’s awesome cry to the crowd, “Whyyyy is it soooo quiet in here????” Where’s the call for the male “pill?”
Let’s imagine what life would be like with a male “pill”:
- Men will only become fathers if they choose to.
- Gold digging whores will lapse into depression as they fuck rich men over and over to no avail–the child-support lottery will be closed.
- Men will laugh in the face of women when they’re caught red-handed poking holes in the condom. Agree and amplify: “Here, use these” as you hand her a pair of scissors.
- Putting all young males on this would do away with most unwanted teen pregnancies.
- Fewer unintended pregnancies…and fewer intended abortions.
- Statutory female rapists would no longer get child support from their younger male victims because they wouldn’t have gotten pregnant in the first place.
- Men could now rawdog to their heart’s content, though STDs might be lurking in the damp shadows and thickets below.
- You can rawdog warpigs without the embarrassment of having to admit you got her pregnant! Though dumpster diving is not advised, for those with lower tastes (Arnold, I’m looking at you and your maid), beer goggles or greater thirst, no more pulling out and hoping to God that the condom didn’t break lest this fugly become the mother of your parents’ next grandchild.
- If the long-lasting and cheap injection methods turn out then big pharma will likely lose some female pill customers inside of relationships where the man can get his one and done shot–there’s little money in a cheap injection so no movement by them to develop a technology that will just cannibalize their current products.
- Feel free to throw out your ideas of what this would mean
The Male “pill” is Near
Okay, even though it’s not really a pill, effective male birth control is just over the horizon. The crazy thing is that the studies are being done on Vasalgel (see below) by a private foundation in the US that’s asking for donations. All they need is a few hundred grand to finish all the testing and legal work. That’s mice nuts to the gov’t or Bill Gates. For all the money they spend on other stuff (worthy or not), it’s rather curious why no one steps forward and just shows them the money.
RISUG was developed in India and seems to work very well in men:
RISUG works by an injection into the vas deferens, the vessel through which the sperm moves before ejaculation.
The effect the chemical has on sperm is not completely understood….Professor SK Guha theorizes that the polymer surface has a negative and positive electric charge mosaic. The differential charge from the gel ruptures the sperm’s cell membrane as it passes through the vas, inactivating sperm before they initiate their journey to the egg.
Effectiveness – There has been only one unplanned pregnancy among partners of the 250 volunteers who have been injected RISUG — apparently due to an improperly administered injection. Out of the 250 volunteers who have been injected RISUG, 15 received the injection more than 10 years ago.
Convenience – There is no interruption before the sexual act.
Cost – The shot itself costs less than the syringe used to administer it
Outpatient Procedure – Patients can leave the hospital immediately after an injection and resume their normal sex lives within a week.
Duration of effect – According to Dr. Guha, a single 60 mg injection can be effective for at least 10 years.
Reversibility – The contraceptive action appears to be reversible by flushing the vas deferens with another injection of dimethyl sulfoxide or sodium bicarbonate solution. Although this reversal procedure has been tried only on primates, it has been repeatedly successful.
The thoroughness of carcinogenicity, teratogenicity, and toxicity testing in clinical trials has been questioned. In October 2002, India’s Ministry of Health aborted the clinical trials due to reports of albumin in urine and scrotal swelling in Phase III trial participants. The Indian Council for Medical Research (ICMR) noted that dimethyl sulfoxide used as a solvent for the injection is known to cause kidney damage. Although the ICMR has reviewed and approved the toxicology data three times, WHO and Indian researchers say that the studies were not done according to recent international standards. Due to the lack of any evidence for adverse effects, trials were restarted in 2011.
The main difference seems to be that this captures the sperm like a filter. There they stay…and die (poor little guys)…and then disintegrate and are either absorbed or washed away with a subsequent ejaculation.
Here’s a description:
Vasalgel is a non-hormonal polymer (a gel) that gets injected into each vas deferens (the tube sperm swim through) using a painless, minimally invasive procedure similar to a no-scalpel vasectomy. Once in place, the gel solidifies into a semi-solid plug that allows fluid to pass, but blocks all sperm.
At the Vasalgel site, we see the latest news is that they are raising money for testing on baboons. They needed $80k for the test, raised over half as of Jan. 30 and so were able to begin testing–the baboons were given their vasalgel shot–and needed $37k more to finish. I’m simply passing on the info and am not trying to convince anyone but anyone interested in donating can do so at the site and even $5 or $10 donations are welcome.
An Actual Pill Being Developed in Indonesia
Here’s a good article that talks about RISUG and Vasalgel and also mentions a pill being devloped in Indonesia.
Indonesian researchers began looking into the properties of gandarusa in the 1980s and conducted animal and human trials through the 1990s. The active ingredient of the plant was isolated, chemically synthesised and has now been turned into pill form. In the most recent tests, 350 couples took the pill for 30 days and there was a 99.96% success rate. Normal fertility returned three days after the men stopped taking the pills.
Slow as it’s going, it looks like workable non-condom male birth control is around the corner. This will be an important tool for men to use to control their reproductive and financial health.
Update on timeline:
We want to get Vasalgel on the market as soon as possible, but all the proper efficacy and safety testing needs to be completed. Vasalgel is currently in animal testing, with human trials expected to start in 2014 (small trial) and 2014-2015 (larger trials). If everything goes well and with enough public support, we hope to get Vasalgel on the market in 2016.
Update 2 on Gandarusa
Antara News reported on August 18, 2013 that research on Gandarusa had been completed by scientists at Airlangga University and the purified plant extract has been handed over to state pharmaceutical company Indofarma for stability testing and securing the production and distribution licenses. The process is expected to take less time because Gandarusa is considered a herbal medicine, and the pill may be available to Indonesians by prescription in 2014.