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Stop Our Sperm, Please! Many Men Demand Male Birth Control

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"I plan to become the guinea pig and test this products effect on myself and my sperm," he wrote recently. "I will take 1 pill daily and record how I feel everyday. After 30 days, I will see my doctor and have my sperm tested to see if it was effected->

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Kit B (276)
Friday June 15, 2012, 5:02 pm

Men should have an option beyond condoms and vasectomy.

Lenny Smalls, whose Facebook page says he lives in Chicago and works as a transportation analyst, is very interested in long-acting, reversible male contraception. According to his posts on a fan page for one form being tested — known as RISUG or Vasalgel — Smalls is sufficiently frustrated by the pace of such drugs coming to the U.S. market to have begun personally testing an Indonesian herbal product called gandarusa.

“I plan to become the guinea pig and test this products effect on myself and my sperm,” he wrote recently. “I will take 1 pill daily and record how I feel everyday. After 30 days, I will see my doctor and have my sperm tested to see if it was effected by the supplement.” Earlier this week, Smalls’ plan ran into a hitch when the first doctor he saw refused to cooperate. (Smalls did not respond to interview requests, though he did agree to friend this reporter on Facebook.)

Smalls, who also enjoys writing slogans for Vasalgel on Facebook (“99 problems but a child isn’t one — Vasalgel” and “Because they decide everything else – Vasalgel”), is by no means alone. The Internet loves talking about male contraception — more so than actual public health officials, pharmaceutical corporations and politicians, judging by the fact that it barely came up in the contraceptive battles earlier this year. All of the necessary elements are there to capture digital fascination: body parts, sex, gadgets and weird science; the sometimes barely concealed sense that men are being victimized or deceived by women, and the patronage of a heretofore lost cause. In any case, the ideal of reproductive autonomy remains incomplete as long as men’s options are polarized between one-time-use condoms and permanent sterilization. (Plus, some of them say they want to relieve their partners of side effects from hormonal contraception.)
Salon / By Irin Carmon | Alternet |

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Stella W. (0)
Friday June 15, 2012, 7:22 pm
Hello dear Stella
my name is Mis Stella I saw your profile in i just having some feeling on
you that is why i want you contact me
with this my email address
( so that i
will give you my pictures for you to
know who i am

Michael T (82)
Saturday June 16, 2012, 7:02 pm
Kit that is so sad that the first post to your article is this woman fishing for male companionship. She is obviously unaware of where her post ended up.

It is long overdue that men should be more involved in this process with added choices beyond abstinence, condoms (never liked them myself) and vasectomies. And it is longer overdue that something like this should have been developed instead of the constant big pharma experimenting on women. Hip Hip Hooray!

Kit B (276)
Saturday June 16, 2012, 7:11 pm

Thanks Michael, that's just SPAM or porn-lite. It's been flagged as such.
It's time that men had choices.

pam w (139)
Sunday June 17, 2012, 1:18 am
I flagged it, too!

HOORAY for this article, Kit! Ever since I can remember, we've been told that men are "afraid" of contraceptive pills, etc. I don't believe it (never have) and would love to see pressure put on pharmaceutical companies by mature men who recognize their role in the problem of human overpopulation!

paul m (93)
Sunday June 17, 2012, 6:05 am


Azaima A (207)
Sunday June 17, 2012, 6:16 am

Sunday June 17, 2012, 6:32 am
Sorry, but I only care about good food. But maybe if they could invent a pill to curb snacking, lol!

Oh and be careful about “over flagging posts” for spam. I heard that Care2 has an “auto anti-spam function which can suspend a profile when it senses too much spam on posts.” Spammers placed spam on a couple my news posts and my account was suspended twice already by the auto spam detection function. I think the auto spam detection function is triggered when a post is flagged too many times for spam. Unfortunately, I don’t think there is a way for us to know if a spam comment has already been reported to Care2. Ideally, we should only need to report the spam comment once, instead of people hitting the flag button for the same piece of spam a bunch of other times, without knowing its already been reported.

Carole Cherne (35)
Sunday June 17, 2012, 9:27 am
It's about time!

. (0)
Sunday June 17, 2012, 10:16 am
An interesting article, thanks for posting Kit. Regarding spam etc, I identify with what Frank S has said but as the principle purpose of Care2 is to raise money for good causes I think that they deserve some slack.

Vallee R (280)
Sunday June 17, 2012, 12:51 pm
Noted and noted spam - I agree - why should the woman be the only one with options and responsibility?

Sunday June 17, 2012, 1:45 pm
@ Howard C.

Howard, the spam that I was referring to are not the ads that appear on Care2, but rather "the spam placed by spammers disguised as reply comments on news posts!"

Kit B (276)
Sunday June 17, 2012, 2:05 pm

Nah, Howard these creeps are not buying advertising space from Care2, they are simply hoping one of us will get trapped in the smarmy pit and then they will keep sending you more of their SPAM.

This is not about a battle of the sexes, this is about freedom of choice for both men and women.

Shan D (49)
Sunday June 17, 2012, 3:09 pm
It's about TIME some men decided to take responsibility!

M B (62)
Sunday June 17, 2012, 3:22 pm
I flagged it, too. And yes, let men be responsible as well.

Yvonne White (229)
Sunday June 17, 2012, 5:10 pm
I'm probably in the minority, but I think Improved Condoms would be SO much safer for both men & women - Big Pharma Cannot be Trusted! Haven't we seen enough casualties from defective & destructive birth control for women? And now men Want to play Russian roulette too? I just don't get it.

Dotti L (85)
Sunday June 17, 2012, 5:17 pm
Good article, Kit and I do so agree.

Trina D. firey (10)
Sunday June 17, 2012, 5:45 pm
Women have always had the burden to ensure that pregnancy doesnt occur.
& Men are the ones causing it to happen
Take over guys!

Aurea Aurea Walker (226)
Sunday June 17, 2012, 5:54 pm
It is about time that men own up to their part of the equation! Why should the onus of birth control be only on women? As to the comment regarding medical challenges to men, excuse me but again why should women bear the burden of medical ramifications? If and when "they" come up with male contraception you better believe they "read" big pharma boys will have worked out any physical dangers, women not so much! Parity for both genders - if you tango the tango let us play on a level field!

. (0)
Sunday June 17, 2012, 7:33 pm
I love this idea. It will protect men from women who are looking for a free ride via getting themselves pregnant.

Fred Krohn (34)
Sunday June 17, 2012, 7:52 pm
Condoms and oral sex are already options. Condoms even help stop spread of VD. We'll see how this competing 'pill' fares against the tried and true methods...

Kit B (276)
Sunday June 17, 2012, 8:55 pm

Hey there Sherri,nice to see you again. Fred, to an extent I might agree but sometimes condoms are not the answer. I know that for a fact. The gel will probably be safer then a pill. If there is a safe alternative then I see no reason why men could not take some responsibility for unwanted pregnancy. Though I also agree that the condom is a safe way to prevent disease from spreading.

Rose Becke (141)
Sunday June 17, 2012, 11:57 pm
Another great post kit

Lindsay K (6)
Monday June 18, 2012, 8:19 am
Thanks for posting

Patricia H. (440)
Monday June 18, 2012, 8:42 am

Fred Krohn (34)
Monday June 18, 2012, 7:43 pm
Are we going to have to put up with another J Edgar Nation and some really stupid side-effect generating 'contraceptive'? Read Kurt Vonnegut's 'Welcome to the Monkey House' and enjoy the preview! 'Mourn my phallus, purple daughter! All it passed was sky-blue water.'

Ann B (60)
Monday June 18, 2012, 7:48 pm

Kit B (276)
Monday June 18, 2012, 7:52 pm

Oh my, another fan of Vonnegut! Yes, this research will continue, and it will probably have many unforeseen side effects, as does birth control for women.

J Edgar Hoover may be dead by his legacy lives on....

Monday June 18, 2012, 8:09 pm
I still think making love to tacos with hot sauce is a lot better,lol! Hot sex, seems to only get people in trouble, or maybe its just that I'm channeling Spock, far too much these days.Oops got to go, I think someone is trying to beam up my chips!

Kit B (276)
Monday June 18, 2012, 8:17 pm

Oh Frank, your sense of humor is showing!

Phillipa W (199)
Wednesday June 20, 2012, 4:44 am
I agree. If a man is sexually active regularly he can't ensure his partners are also and are on birth control, and condoms aren't all that effective. And that seems to be how a LOT of pregnancies happen - a woman had sex but doesn't often enough to justify going on hormonal contraceptives. Not saying all men are sluts, but...

Teresa W (782)
Thursday September 13, 2012, 3:59 am
better late than never
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