Published in Catalogue, 2016
I’ve been talking about fertility a lot recently, let’s be honest, it’s probably a bit strange. What with the recent research indicating an indisputable link between taking the combined oral contraceptive pill and the development of depression as well as the 100th anniversary of Planned Parenthood, human reproduction has been in the limelight this month and maybe it’s best to stick on that roll – you know, partly for the sake of consistency but also maybe because it’s just so goddam medically, socially, and politically significant.
The advent of a widely available form of male hormonal contraception has been a hot-button topic for the better part of a decade now and yet, for those of us on the ground swallowing our tiny faithful pills, it still seems like such a farfetched possibility. However, in light of the side effects of the female birth control pill that millions of women endure, the fact that 40% of worldwide pregnancies are classified as unplanned, as well as the constant, tiresome barrage undermining the pro-choice movement, perhaps now more than ever, this is the right time for the world to start taking long-term male contraception seriously.
So where does male contraception research stand in 2016? And precisely how far away are we from watching our male partners pop a morning pill while we lie in bed cheerfully contemplating what we’ll do with the extra $30 a month?