Sex tech

Traditionally when it comes to chemical birth-control, it's been entirely up to the woman to take the necessary pharmaceutical precautions via taking "the pill" - a tablet containing the hormones estrogen and progesterone that if taken regularly (mostly) prevent pregnancy. Equality and responsibility issues aside, the pill has plenty of side effects that prevent some women using it.

Of course there have been several attempts at making a male pill but whether through dodgy side effects, the need for long term use or just lack of demand no real breakthrough has been made.

A radical new type of hormone-free male pill is however apparently on the horizon which could be on the market in the next 5 years, although it should be noted that human clinical trials have not yet started. In many ways, it's rather more convenient than its contemporary developments, and for that matter the female pill.

The main usage difference is, if desired, a man can just take one a couple of hours before bedding his mate, get on with it, and within a few hours the effects will have worn off and he will be as fertile as before. It therefore does not require the man to remember to take something every day (however, if that makes more sense for him it would be fine to do), although it seems he would have to be reasonably accurate in predicting at what point in time he would be sowing his oats as it were.

Sowing his oats may actually not be the correct expression. Disconcertingly to some, the way it works is by preventing male ejaculation entirely. It is based on two drugs (probably phenoxybenzamine and thioridazin, although the Poorhouse might be putting 2 and 2 together and making 5 here) used for blood pressure and schizophrenia. Their potential to prevent ejaculation was noted years ago, but their side effects meant they were unsuitable. This new development minimises the side effects without losing their birth control effect.

Satisfaction is apparently unchanged, and Christopher Smith, a lecturer at King's College London where the research is taking place, had the following delightful statement to say on the subject.

Orgasm is not about the fluid but the mental processes that lead and drive ejaculation; these are not changed. I agree than many people love the actual physical sticky outcome - but we understand that many don't, not least those who receive infected ejaculates.

There seems to be a feeling that men can't be trusted to take such a thing, enhanced by the fact that in the end they aren't going to be the ones getting pregnant. This idea it must be said can only be reinforced by the New York Daily News' report on the repulsion that some men think of such an idea. Phrases such as "I can't imagine anyone I know taking it. I know I wouldn't", "I wouldn't do anything with it. Nice try" and "I just don't think it's going to happen" abound. One bloke had different concerns about the practicalities of such a thing, saying ""When it gets to the point where I know I'm going to have sex two hours before I actually have it, I will be too old to have babies."

In addition, there is concern that even with proper use this pill might encourage unsafe - in the sense of sexually transmitted diseases - sex. Just like the female pill it of course will not stop the transmission of the various appalling infections, so those soliciting with twenty strangers a night really should not see it as an alternative to the condom and related devices.

And guess what, there is news on that front too. Ladies, next time some dodgy bloke you're entertaining the notion with refuses to use said protection with the age old excuse "I'm hung like a donkey, it just won't fit" you can believe them even less than the 0% chance it has of being true with the standard sort.

Innovators from the German Institute for Condom Consultancy are busy developing "the perfect condom" which is guaranteed to fit everyone just right. It comes in the form of a £13.50ish spray can. In what seems a little like a potential romance killer for some - but hey, whatever works - than man inserts his member into the spray can. The button is pushed and his reproductive organ is immediately coated in snug vulcanized rubber. Says Jan Krause, one of the development team but probably not ideal as a PR rep, "It's a bit like a car wash."

Available in a choice of strengths and colours at a shop near you - perhaps - around 2008.


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sex tech

The reason that a male pill has never been a commercial product is we are socially conditioned to seek sex without considering the possible outcomes. Then there is the fact that we do not have the uterus to consider, no matter how many ladies we shag, we lads will not carry the baby until the term is over, and that is a fact not yet disputed.

Until such time as the social resposibility of the male is increased the so called male birth control pill will never be developed. Some of us make pretty good dads, but as moms we blow and scrape.

The really crazy thing is the guys who suck and lick, make cleaner, more disicplined and financially secure homes.
We all seek some meaning to life but humans as a group follow no measured moral code. If you have made sense of what we do over all please post your theory widely. adventureboysevensmith say, and Ular say the 2nd time.

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