Thursday, November 30, 2006

Lousy men

There, I've said it. It's hard not to when you read this kind of thing in response to an upcoming male birth control pill that prevents ejaculation:
"I don't think a lot of men are going to take this," Dr. Harry Fisch, a urologist at New York Presbyterian Hospital/Columbia in Washington Heights, says bluntly. "I wouldn't do anything with it. Nice try."

"I just don't think it's going to happen," says an equally skeptical Dr. Lawrence McGuire, associate director of urology at Maimonides Medical Center in Brooklyn.

At first glance, such a male Pill sounds appealing. Men could take it a couple of hours before intercourse, experience a sperm-free orgasm during sex, and then have the effects wear off a few hours later.

The male Pill would also be hormone-free and, in theory, would allow women concerned about their own Pill's side effects to stop taking the female version. Side effects of the male Pill aren't yet known. (Planned Parenthood of New York City declined to comment for this article.)

"Whatever medication this is going to be, it's not going to influence the sperm," notes McGuire, citing the reported lack of hormones. "It's going to influence the ability of the sperm to get into the prostate to be released during ejaculation - and dry ejaculate is not preferable."

"Not a great idea," agrees Fisch. "The ejaculate coming forward is a significant part of a man's sexuality.
Um, getting pregnant is a significant part of a woman's sexuality, but we somehow have been able to get over that effect of the use of birth control. Besides the ignorance of the fact that ejaculation and orgasm aren't the same thing, I'm just amazed at how many of the "problems" with this drug listed in the article are things no one got too upset about when it came to women taking birth control. Drugs aren't magic. Birth control works by changing some of the normal things that happen during sex. Try telling that to these prima donnas, though.
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