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Does male birth control exist?

Asked by shadowofdeath (437points) June 10th, 2010

what im really asking is is there something similar to what women have (i.e. the pill) but for men. something that makes them temporarily sterile

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RealEyesRealizeRealLies's avatar

Yes as @srmorgan says, condoms are a wonderful option. Just don’t eat too many of them at once.

envidula61's avatar

I think there are chemicals or hormones that can lower sperm production. Estrogen might lower it—not sure about that. There are physical methods, too. Besides condoms you can get a vasectomy. Or you could get lucky and be born without a vas deferens.

Anyway, I think men aren’t into hormone treatments, usually. But they don’t have to carry the babies. Usually, if they don’t ever want any more children, they’ll get vasectomies. If they only want a temporary (and breakable) barrier between sperm and egg, they’ll use condoms. Of course, if they want to be safer from STDs, they’ll wear a condom anyway, even if they had no sperm at all.

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shadowofdeath's avatar

i was thinking something more along the lines of “the pill”

lillycoyote's avatar

Here’s a thread from about a month ago addressing the same issue. You might find it interesting.

jerv's avatar


Of course, there is a difference between “exists” and “is available”; it’s not on the market yet, and it may be a while before it is.

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shadowofdeath's avatar

@jerv and @lillycoyote thank you, that is exactly what i was looking for when i asked

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