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Welcome guys to the male contraceptive pill

04 November 2014, 15:24 Shakila Alivitsa

Nairobi - Almost fourty years of research and the male contraceptive pill is on is way. I had no idea that was even in the works and it came as a surprise to say the least. Furthermore it may be here by the year 2017.

Just two more years to go considering this year is already at a close. Not soon enough is all I can think most women are thinking. Major complaints among men are usually how the woman should take the initiative when it comes to all matters precautionary in regards to sex.

I can just imagine Kenyan men cringing at the idea of taking a pill every night, not even that, just the idea of going to any chemist and asking for it. Will you even remember to take it? That is the question because just like the female contraceptive pill it needs to be taken every night.

It may also prove to be the best form of contraception for those in monogamous relationships as studies have confirmed that it is 100% effective in its preliminary clinical trials as compared to the female pill which has a less than 1% failure rate, and the condom 14% under normal conditions.

The pill contains desogestrel, a synthetic hormone that is the main component in the female pill, as well as the male hormone testosterone. This combination blocks the production of sperm while maintaining male characteristics and sex drive. In clinical trials, no major side effects were noted aside from weight gain in a small percentage of men, similar to what most women experience when on the pill. But this pales in comparison to the more serious complications women expose themselves to when taking the pill, such as blood clotting, nausea, headaches, and dizziness.

What remains to be seen is whether it will be widely received and accepted by the men since it is something that involves their manhood and we know how they can be sensitive when it comes to that. On the other hand if you can forget something like sugar which you put in your own tea, I doubt women will trust the men to take it every night without forgetting a single day.

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