There are two things in this world that I’ve been searching for since 2002: the perfect pair of jeans and a form of birth control that I truly love. In both cases, I’m desperately seeking something that makes me feel good, works for my body, and gives me the confidence to go out and enjoy my life (and let’s be honest, both are things I would use daily).
Yesterday, it was announced that the once-mythical male birth control pill may be ready for human testing in as little as a year. *Cue trumpets and a confetti launch* I’m practically giddy at the idea that my quest for the “perfect” birth control may be over.
To preface, let me begin by saying that I’ve paid my dues with birth control. I’ve tried the standard combination birth control pill…and then a different one…and then a different one. I’ve tried the low-dose pill. I’ve tried the Depo shot. I have an appointment set to (finally) get an IUD. Needless to say, I’ve run the gamut as far as pregnancy prevention goes. There are pros and cons to each method, of course, but I can safely say that every single option has proven effective in that I am still completely child-free. (If you want to do some research of your own, I highly recommend checking out this interactive comparison guide at Bedsider.org.) In other words, I’m more than happy to pass the baby-blocking baton on to my wonderful (and very willing) boyfriend for a while.
I understand the concerns, and believe me, I encourage women to take control of their own sexual health- you shouldn’t have to depend on someone else to ensure that you’re protected against pregnancy. Furthermore, I know that there are a lot of women who use birth control for things other than pregnancy prevention. But it’s an exciting possibility that the men in our lives could help us share the pregnancy prevention duties, right? For every woman that has spent a small fortune on home pregnancy tests after missing a pill, or cried in your gynecologist’s office after your 4th visit in 6 months (maybe that’s just me…), I want to raise my spoonful of Ben and Jerry’s Phish Food and toast the scientists that (inadvertently) discovered the male birth-control pill. And to the guys- we’re more than happy to show you how to set that recurring daily alarm on your cell phone.