Have you ever wondered why when it comes to the topic of family planning (contraception), the responsibility is always pushed to women?
Could it be because when there’s an unwanted pregnancy, it’s the women that are left to face the consequences?
Or because women are the ones laden with the responsibility of carrying children in their wombs and having to go through the painful process of childbirth?
Whatever the reasons may be, when it comes to making babies, both men and women play a role, so it’s only fair that both parties are also involved in the process of family planning.
Currently, there’s ongoing research on different methods of male contraception such as:
– The male pill: which is supposed to be the male version of oral contraceptive pills taken by women. The pill contains man made hormones that are used to stop the production of healthy sperm cells in the body thereby preventing pregnancy.
– The Reverse Inhibition of Sperm Under Guidance (RISUG): A process in which a non-poisonous man made chemical is injected into the vas deferens (tube that carries sperm from the testicle to the penis), so that it blocks the tube and also kills sperm that come in contact with it thereby preventing pregnancy. This chemical can be washed out when the man decides to have children.
– The intra-vas device (IVD): A removable plug that is injected into the vas deferens (tube that carries sperm from the testicle to the penis) to filter out sperm thereby preventing pregnancy.
While we wait for research into the use of these methods to be completed, here are a few methods currently available to men who wish to take responsibility for contraception into their hands:
– The barrier method (condom): This is a very popular method of contraception which has proven to be effective in preventing pregnancy with an added advantage of protection against sexually transmitted diseases.
– The withdrawal method: This is a more natural method of contraception which involves pulling the penis out of the vagina before ejaculation, the advantage of this is that it is natural and has no side effects however,the downside is that it involves a lot of self control and is only effective when done properly.
– Vasectomy: This method is similar to “tying tubes” in females. It involves cutting and sealing the vas deferens (tube that carries sperm from the testicle to the penis). No major surgical techniques are needed in carrying out the procedure, it can be done in less than an hour in the clinic. Although this method is reversible, it should be considered as permanent and only chosen as an option when a man is sure that he no longer desires to have children.
Now that you know the different options available, you can choose a method that best suits you and your partner for adequate family planning.
Written by Dr.O.
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