FAQs

We get questions all the time on male contraceptives. Here are some answers to the most common questions.

 

  • Would men be willing to use a new male contraceptive?
    Yes! In the US, 1 in 2 men say they would be willing to use a new male contraceptive. Only about 12% give a flat-out “no”, and the rest are uncertain—possibly due to fears from hormones. Luckily, none of the methods on this site are hormonal. (Human Reproduction)
  • Would women trust their partner to use a contraceptive?
    Survey results suggest that most women would trust their individual partner (Human Reproduction). In the “worst case scenario” of a distrusting partner, both will use a contraceptive. The consequence of simultaneous dual-method use is an even lower pregnancy rate.
  • Would men be willing to use a method that involves insertion in the vas deferens tube?
    Every year in the U.S. alone, some half-million men choose to have a vasectomy (Urologic Clinics of North America). This involves severing the vas deferens tubes completely. If so many men are willing to go through something as invasive as a vasectomy, then surely they would be willing to go through a less-drastic procedure—especially if reversibility is guaranteed.
  • What about sexually transmitted infections?

    Many prospective male contraceptives don’t protect against STI’s. For those methods, users will need to use a condom for any STI protection. Couples have previously had to make this consideration when STI protection was desired while the woman was using a hormonal method.Some methods, such as the “clean sheets pill,” may offer the woman protection against semen-borne STI’s due to lack of male ejaculate. Such STI’s may include syphillis and HIV. Still, this is a topic that requires further research.

  • Is child support really that expensive?
    Yes. In 2010, the US Census Bureau recorded that the average annual child support required for men was $5,450. Over 18 years, that’s nearly $100,000. (US Census Bureau)
  • How common are male single parents?
    Roughly 1 in 7 single parents are men (US Census Bureau).
  • When is the soonest a new male contraceptive will be available?
    In a best case scenario where funding is present and no significant delays occur, Vasalgel will be available as early as 2018.

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