As the joke goes, male birth control is ten years away– and it has been for decades.
Of course, that’s inaccurate. In fact, some estimates say that, if one counts the male condom, vasectomies, and withdrawal, a third of birth control is currently practiced by (cis) men. It’s not that people with penises don’t have birth control options, it’s that they don’t have satisfying birth control options.
People in long-term relationships often stop using condoms because they’re clean and at no risk for STIs. Vasectomies are permanent and thus an unsatisfying option for people who may want children someday. And while withdrawal is surprisingly effective– its perfect use rate is similar to that of condoms– perfect use requires a level of self-control that very few people are capable of on the brink of orgasm.
The funny thing is that even given that cis women have way more diverse options– from the pill to the shot, from an IUD to the female condom– cis men are clearly willing to do their share of birth control duties. I mean, they’re doing it. Right now. The whole fear of pharmaceutical companies that men won’t want to take birth control? It’s wrong. It’s clearly and evidently wrong.
I mean, think about all the potential demographics. The whole MRA spermjacking fear is overblown, I think: if you don’t trust your partner enough to trust that they’re telling the truth about birth control, you don’t trust them enough to not lie to you about having an STI, and so you should be wearing a condom anyway. But even then, birth control fails. Contraception for people with penises would make it easier for couples to double or even triple up on contraception, and make the chance of conception about as likely as a lottery win. Many people with vaginas can’t take hormonal contraception, which leaves them with a dubious choice between using condoms for the foreseeable future and sterilization. Hell, a couple could both go on hormonal contraception and see who has the least side effects, so cis women don’t have to put up with (say) the loss of their libido, spotting between periods, nausea, or any of the other crappy side effects the pill can cause.
So basically! Male birth control! Someone should get on that shit.