Hard to Swallow:
Who thought taking birth control was only a woman’s job?
Alejandra Nolasco, Angel Mejía
“Don’t worry baby, I’m on the pill.” This is usually a
woman’s quote, but sooner or later, it may be said by
a man. That’s right!! A MAN!!!
Girls may be taking a break. Thanks to scientists, a
new form of birth control is being created, but this
time for men. Many girls agree that it’s time for guys
to take responsibility, but are they man enough to
remember to take it everyday?
The birth control pill for men is being tested, and
could be released in 2005. Up to now it has proved to
be 100% effective in preliminary clinical trials. The
pill is not yet approved for the market, but when it
is, it will probably cost the same as birth control
pills for women. Scientists are still testing it to
see if there are any side effects. Studies have shown
that a small percentage of men had weight gain,
similar to the effects of the female pill.
Guys are you wondering how the pill works? Well, the
testicles make two things, sperm and testosterone. The
pill adds external testosterone into the male body and
stops signals from the brain to the testes. As a
result, sperm is not created.
Even though sperm is not created, the male still feels
the same satisfaction while having sexual intercourse
or other activities (if you know what I mean!). Guys,
don’t worry about losing any pleasure!
Any male can take the pill. Like his female
counterpart, the man must remember to take the pill
every day. Otherwise, the pill won’t be effective and
sperm will be created. If a guy fails to remember then
there is a possibility that he could get his partner
We went around town and asked guys and girls from the
ages 14-20 what they thought about the birth control
pill for men. Surprisingly, few people had heard of
it. Out of 18 girls, only 3 knew about it and only 4
out of 18 guys have heard about it.
From the people we interviewed, we found out that many
guys would take the pill, except they wouldn’t trust
themselves to take it every day. Guys aren’t used to
using any birth control against pregnancy except
condoms. Although the pill will prevent pregnancies,
only condoms will protect against STDs and AIDS.
Some men say it would be a little hard to get used to
having as much responsibility as women do. Watsonville
High School (WHS) student Ryan Rodríguez called the
idea “stupid,” and added, “I think that guys don’t
need to protect themselves, only girls.”
We asked 18 guys if they consider themselves
responsible enough to take the pill. Nine out of 18
said they would trust themselves to take the pill
every day. A 20-year-old guy said, “I would trust
myself because I don’t want to have a big
responsibility like having a baby.” The remaining nine
said they didn’t trust themselves enough.
Some people wouldn’t take the pill under any
circumstances. “Hell, no! Men were made to make
sperm,” said Edgar Guillen, WHS sophomore, when asked
if he would take the pill. He is not the only one that
wouldn’t take it. Out of 18 males, 50% agreed with
Girls, what do you think? Do you think your partner is
responsible enough to do a “girl thing?” It’s hard to
know. We interviewed several teenage girls to get
their opinion and 9 out of 18 said that they would
trust their partner to have that humongous
responsibility of taking the pill. The remaining say
Sarah Sorcia, a student at WHS said, “I would trust my
partner because if I choose my partner to have sex
with him, I would also have to trust him to take the
Other females said they weren’t ready to rely on their
partner. One WHS student who wouldn’t trust her
partner said, “I wouldn’t trust him because I don’t
trust anyone with that type of responsibility. It’s
very hard to trust some guys.”
Many girls think it’s the guys’ turn to have a little
taste of responsibility. “It takes two to tango,” said
Tammy Uresti, a WHS sophomore. Hey, guys, sooner or
later it may be your turn to take action and prevent
unplanned pregnancies. Then it might be a shower, a
shave, and a pill. So what do you think?