Viewpoint: Male birth control pills won’t make much difference if men aren’t eager to use them


It’s not enough to simply invent male contraception and bring it to market; we have to be in a place where men are willing, even eager, to commit to regularly taking a prescription medication to regulate their fertility — and where women feel confident and trusting enough to cede responsibility for reproductive management to a partner.

Despite some significant cultural shifts, pregnancy is still largely viewed as a uniquely female experience. The responsibilities of being pregnant are assumed to be solely borne by the person who gets pregnant — a worldview that sets up couples to have uneven stakes in pregnancy prevention and uneven levels of motivation when it comes to adhering to their contraception.

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More disturbingly, persistent rates of nonconsensual condom removal suggest that many men don’t prioritize pregnancy prevention to the same degree as their female partners. If men are comfortable eschewing barrier birth control methods even when they know their partner wants to use them, why are we so confident that men will be that much more compliant with a daily pill? And if they aren’t compliant, the burden for regulating fertility will once again be borne by women, despite technological change.

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