About the double standard of hormonal contraception


About the double standard of hormonal contraception

Sociologist and sex educator Barbara Rothmüller on the double standard of hormonal contraception.

“I would take it as soon as it came out to relieve my girlfriend”, Kevin swears by the pill for men. The problem: there is no such pill. I’ve been told that young men feel helpless when it comes to preventing an unwanted pregnancy. Condoms are annoying. A permanent transection of the vas deferens is too much of a good thing.

If you (sic!) don’t want children with your partner, there is often only one thing left: trust. And some men have trouble with that. Many women take the pill reliably day in and day out, most of them even despite side effects: weight gain, mood swings, loss of sexual desire, depression.

However, due to health problems, the use of the pill among young girls has recently fallen sharply. The condom is still by far the most common form of contraception among young people – but it is not always used with pleasure and not always correctly. A few years ago, science therefore already researched hormonal contraception for men.

The first tests were very successful. However, they were stopped when men complained of side effects: weight gain, mood swings, loss of libido, depression. The burden of contraception is unevenly distributed, not because the pill for men does not exist. It’s the other way around: because the contraceptive burden for men seems too great, the pill for men was never marketed.

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Source: Krone


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