After Roe, Men Might Finally Get Better Birth Control
Jul 22, 2022 - Wired
Following the US Supreme Court’s Dobbs decision, which ended the federal right to abortion, attention has centered on women’s access to birth control options like Plan B, IUDs or tubal ligation, and hormonal contraception. But what about options for men?
Men only have a few reliable choices: Use condoms or get a vasectomy. Condoms are the most accessible; they’re cheap, readily available, don’t require a prescription, and according to Planned Parenthood, are 98 percent effective when used correctly. But they’re not always used correctly or consistently, so in real life they’re only about 85 percent effective. Plus, many men don’t like using them—and some would prefer an option that’s less likely to be fumbled or forgotten. While more men seem to be pursuing vasectomies in the wake of Roe v. Wade’s overturn, the procedure isn’t easily reversible. Contraceptive drugs—akin to the pill for women—still aren’t available for men. But the court’s decision could speed their development.
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