Going on the Pill
Not just for women anymore
December 10, 2006 10:38 PM
Men may soon enjoy orgasms without making a mess or getting a woman pregnant.
According to a report by NBC's Dawn Friesen, researchers at King's College London are working on a male birth control pill that works by influencing the muscles that control ejaculation. The pill, which still faces years of clinical trials, purportedly would not effect orgasm sensation but would cause a dry ejaculation.
Some at SF State like the idea, but many are not quite sold.
“If it's comfortable, easy and effective, I could see it catching on,” said Albert Angelo, a health educator in the Student Health Center. “But I could see there being a psychological challenge – I don't know if someone wants to have a dry ejaculation.”
Angelo also said most men who come into the health center are more concerned with protection from sexually transmitted diseases than family planning. This pill wouldn't provide those kinds of protections, and Angelo sees that as another hindrance.
The pill would be taken a few hours before a sexual encounter, and would not effect sperm production, according to NBC.
“If a female has to take a pill, I don't see why a man can't,” said Paty Castaneda, 23, who smiled a bit when she heard of the potential pill. “It's nice to see a little balancing out, especially because those hormones can really mess a girl up.”
Castaneda, a sociology major, said she consider using the pill with a partner, but only if it was a serious, long-term relationship. Even in that situation, she said she would have to personally see the guy taking the pill.
For 20-year-old Nelson Perez, more control over family planning is a great thing.
“If it does turn out successful, we have much more control over prevention of pregnancy,” said Perez, a creative writing major. “A woman can say she's on the pill, but we can't fully trust that. So with the ability to have a male birth control pill, we can be more sure.”
The idea of a dry ejaculation did not go over well with 21-year-old Alex Oestreicher.
“I don't see it catching on,” said Oestreicher, a geography major. “Most males are really sensitive about their nether regions.”
He said he wouldn't use the pill even if it passed clinical trials because “you'll never know if it's truly effective until it's too late.” Oestreicher said he prefers to use condoms because they protect from sexually transmitted diseases, and the failure rate is mainly human error – something he can control.
“Why not? It's less mess and more fun,” said Ferreira, a BECA major. “I definitely wouldn't be an early adopter though. Once it's been out for a year or two and there weren't any problems, I could see myself taking it with the right girl.”
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