Maybe the male pill is on the horizon. Signs point to it certainly being a scientific possibility, but is society ready? The men we asked were certainly divided on the issue (and lucky them, for having the freedom to have opinions without actually bearing the burden).
At present, women experience contraception more directly than many men. Until that changes (if ever), we can take charge of the narrative, and take control by refusing to stay silent about our experiences. By educating each other, and men, we can overturn the stigma attached to female sexuality.
Bekki Burbidge, Deputy Chief Executive of the sexual health charity FPA gave #MyMorningAfter this message:
“We welcome continued research into the development of new and safe methods of contraception – and we know that many men would welcome the chance to take responsibility for contraception. The more choices that are available for both men and women, the more likely it is that people will find a method which suits them and their lifestyle.
“It’s important to remember that condoms are the only method of contraception that can also help protect against sexually transmitted infections, so even if men were using a contraceptive pill to prevent pregnancy, they may still need to think about safer sex and how they can stop infections from being passed on.”
So, ladies and gentlemen, in the meantime: don’t be silly, wrap your willy. If you ever suffer a contraception mishap and you are not ready for a baby, you can always find ellaOne, the most effective morning after pill, in your local pharmacy or order it online.
Ever felt embarrassed or ashamed about taking Emergency Contraception? You’re not alone. Use #MyMorningAfter and share your story.
Words: Miranda Slade