Male Birth Control

Male Birth Control

Though vasectomy is a convenient form of birth control, it may be imperative for male birth control to also prevent sexually transmitted diseases (STD). There are a few birth control methods available for the male but the most reliable method (besides abstention) for preventing both is the condom. Vasectomy is ranked the most reliable option but it does not prevent against STD and is considered permanent. Other options for male birth control are not very reliable.

The condom is made from thin elastic latex or polyurethane that is made to fit over an erect penis. During intercourse it serves as a barrier between the partners. This barrier both prevents disease transmission and, by blocking the ejaculated semen from entering the sexual partner, prevents pregnancy. Since mistakes are possible when using a condom, it is not considered completely reliable.

If unwanted pregnancy is the only concern, another male birth control option is the withdrawal method, which involves ejaculating outside vagina. However, accidental pregnancy is estimated to be about 4%, which is not good.

Vasectomy is the best form of male birth control since the chances of preventing pregnancy after the procedure is confirmed successful, is over 99%. This is even better than the female alternative, tubal ligation. As stated, its downside is that it is considered permanent. Another method talked about is the male birth control pill, but it is currently not available.  So, if you are seeking male birth control, there are serious considerations to take into account of before being ready to undergo a vasectomy.

Submitted and Authored by Charles Nyamweya

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