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If all of women’s birth control options were available for men too, which option would you choose?

Excluding the ones that need to be put into or near the uterus (i.e. IUDs). So basically, if there were male versions of the pills, patches, etc.
Or would you stick to condoms?

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  1. Why exclude the IUD? If we’re talking hypotheticals, why not assume there’s a similar method of putting something in the vas deferens? An IVDD?

    Whatever I choose, I would want to use a non-hormonal birth control methodology. Hopefully the IVDD comes with a non-hormonal option, cause I would choose that.

  2. I wouldn’t do anything that would mess with my hormones. I’m already way aware of my hormone cycle, and I don’t want anything near me that would introduce hormones that have an inherently negative effect on my body. Get that out of here.

    When I get married, I’d stick with condoms if my wife didn’t have alternate birth control, and maybe get snipped once I have kids.

  3. I’m seriously considering a vasectomy when the pandemic’s over, so if there were a male equivalent of an IUD (I guess it’d be an intra-deferens device?) I’d probably choose that.

    As for other options, I’d probably go with the implant; pills and patches seem like kind of a hassle, relatively speaking. But I’d prefer non-hormone stuff because it feels less predictable in terms of side-effects. I’d use condoms for STI reasons with new partners and such but I definitely don’t prefer them.

  4. I would pick almost any other option over condoms. Hell, sometimes I dont’ even want to have sex if condoms are necessary. They basically ruin sex for me. I can’t feel anything.

  5. Just a heads up that the non- hormonal IUD still has side effects. It often causes cramping and bleeding. I know it doesn’t answer the question I just wanted to point it out.

  6. I would still use condoms. I will never take something that interferes with my hormones. There is a reason why male birth control doesn’t exist yet, it has caused severe side effects in the trials. Including suicidal thoughts.

  7. I got snipped irl. If could get my balls removed like women get their tubes removed I’d do that.

    The fear a vasectomy baby all the time and get tested every 6 months or so. Tests are pretty cheap, like 10$.

  8. I’d try the implant in an instant, if it were an option. It’s the most effective contraceptive short of a hysterectomy*, and since it’s a lower constant hormone dose my understanding is the chance of unpleasant side effects is lower.

  9. Stick to condoms.

    The issue with the idea of a male version of pills is that the pros and cons are more in favor for women who take them.

    Women get the benefits of weaker periods, don’t have to go through pregnancy, less cramping, etc. But they also get hell for the amount of invading hormones that enter them. Many pills can cause bipolar issues, depression, etc, until a girl either gives up or finds one that works for her.

    For a guy, the literal only benefit is not wearing a condom. They don’t have periods to diminish, no cramps, don’t have to go through pregnancy. You’re trading a hormonal imbalance for the potential chance to fuck without a condom. It’d be safer to just get snipped.

  10. I have a vasectomy, but if that wasn’t an option I would use Vasalgel.

    It is real and exists, it simply hasn’t been released to the general public yet in the U.S. They have another version (slightly different formulation) in India called “RISUG”.

    This is probably roughly equivalent to an IUD in that it’s localized rather than systemic, non-hormonal, and relies on mechanical (and possibly chemical) intervention.

  11. not married yet (possibly engaged soon), but if the side effects were manageable, a slow release hormone like an IUD sounds the best. trying to keep track of taking a pill everyday sounds really challenging.

  12. Homosexuality is my chosen method of birth control.

    I may have to make a similar choice in the future for HIV prevention, though. Currently there are only pills approved for HIV prevention, which you take daily and which reduce the risk by >99%. They are working on developing an implant and an injection as well. I think once they come to market, I’d choose the implant.

    I think the most promising male birth control option in the near future is vasalgel. It’s a gel injected into the vas deferens which kills sperm. Basically like a reversible vasectomy that lasts for up to 10 years. If I were ever in a relationship with a woman (an unlikely scenario) and that option were available, it’s what I’d choose.

  13. I would chose the male version of getting tubes tied, which is a vasectomy and something I did 8 years ago. Glad I did and I would do it again and wish I had done it sooner than I did.

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