|The Independent Newspaper reported
on 26 February 2004, that doctors have devised a revolutionary method of
birth control. The implant takes minutes to insert under the skin and releases
doses of progesterone which reduces sperm production until the man is infertile.
To maintain hormone levels and avoid side effects such as fatigue, hair
loss and low sex drive; users are also give an injection of testosterone
every three months.
The Independent reported that many such announcements have been made over the years, although none of the male contraceptives have made it from the experimental stage to being available to the public. There is also the issue that the pill does not prevent the transmission of sexually transmitted infections (STI's).
The Independent documents how there are massive imbalances between the sexes when it comes to contraception, with the majority of the burden being placed on women. Family Planning Groups also pointed out that it raises the age old question as to whether women will trust a man who says he has taken the pill or has an implant.
Despite the vast array of contraceptive choices available to women almost half of conceptions in Britain occur because of failures in contraception. The Independent reported from a recent survey which discovered that one in five women who had an unwanted pregnancy were on the pill but had forgotten to take it, 12 per cent had used a condom which had either torn or slipped off.
The Independent predicts that the pill could be obsolete in ten years time, however whatever the contraceptive options in the future the immortal words of Spike Milligan still ring true:
"Contraception should be used on every conceivable occasion."
Reported in the Independent, UK 26/Feb/04.
SOURCE: Independent, 26/Feb/04
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