Why we NEED a Male Birth Control Pill

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The future of abortion rights in the U.S. are up in the air. But the debate makes me wonder, when is there actually going to be a male birth control pill?

Thank you to all of the people who sent in their experiences with hormonal birth control. Your voices are so important in this story. One of those was Sarah Dietschy, you can see her Youtube channel here: So many of you responded with how hormonal birth control has made your life better. We didn’t have time to include these in the video, but you can watch some of those testimonials with this link:

A big thanks to all of the people we spoke with:
– Dr. Stephanie Page
– Dr. John Amory
– Kevin Shane from the Male Contraceptive Initiative. MCI has a ton of information on the latest non hormonal methods being researched as male contraceptives. Check out their website ( and listen to Kevin and his colleagues on their podcast “Intended”:
– Claudia Grammer from the Museum of Contraception and Abortion

Here’s some information on the hormonal gel trials happening right now in a ton of locations, they’re looking for couples to participate:
– Click the “participate in this trial” at the top of this site and they’ll help find the closest trial near you:
– UCLA’s trial:
– University of Utah’s trial:
– Scroll to the bottom of this page to see if a university near you is recruiting for trial participants:

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  1. Hi all, my team and I dedicated a huge amount of time to this video and unfortunately due to YouTube's guidelines against s*x education, it has been heavily suppressed and demonetized. It's an important one, and lots of people spent months making it. If you could share it on any platforms you're on, and help get this out organically – it'd be hugely appreciated. As a journalist and online educator, I'm deeply troubled by the dated ideas and constraints that surround sex education. YouTube, do better.

  2. Only a moron would trust a man with birth control. You know what they call a woman who trusts men for birth control? A mother.

  3. the idea that birth control is predominantly a female intervention isn't because of "the patriachy" or because of male oppression, thats a very simplistic argument especially because the demand for birth control technology was a mostly female/feminist one, the pill aloud women to be more career orientated etc. and pursue what would be seen as more traditionally masculine roles at the time without pregnancy holding them back. it helped them be more selective with when they choose to start a family without practising celibacy. Men don't get pregnant so regardless of the pregnancy status of the women after sex they are still expected to fulfill the traditional masculine role of being career orientated and as providing (to the greatest degree that they can) and through out the pregnancy they are still capable of that therefore there was no demand for a birth control (their life simply goes on)

  4. Would have been great to touch on how it is nearly impossible in the US for a nulliparous woman of childbearing age to get a tubal ligation. Paradoxically when women WANT permanent sterilization, it’s not that easy to get it.

  5. Or, we could use legitimately safe methods of birth control with higher success rates like Vasogel… ask why that's been used in a number of countries for something like a decade now with no known negative side effects and ask why that hasn't been approved in places like America, the UK, and Australia. Ask why female birth control has killed or injured countless women, has extremely negative side effects for many many women, and hasn't been studied near enough since becoming the standard of birth control.

  6. Like you described, there is a very small window of viability for eggs, and hormones cause changes throughout the body. It's not as convenient as most birth control options, but in the case of committed couples, both partners can work together to track the signs of hormone level changes in the woman. Simply avoid sex during the high-risk window, and you can both have a hormone, barrier, interruption, and baby-free lovemaking.

  7. I heard about a male birth control pill more than a decade ago. This might be because I knew someone working at a pharmacy at the time. It just wasn't popular because it had side effects similar to getting up to everything a female could get during menstruation… Except for the bleeding bit.
    Guys weren't that enthused. After all, if men can't handle "less sensation" in a condom, men probably couldn't handle what women go through every month.

  8. Love your videos man, but not this one. You spent 3/4's of a video about male birth control talking about women's birth control, and how awful life has been for them with birth control. The study you mentioned, where men experienced what 'on paper' look like the same side-effects women have to struggle with regularly: I've read (directly from an author of the study) that the study was stopped because for the 25% of men that didn't want to continue, the symptoms of mental imbalance were actually extremely severe (like, well beyond what women normally experience). But hey, you've got this narrative that men are selfish wimps and only women have been pushing through the side-effects for generations because "men control everything"…What will you say in 20 years (when the vast majority of the health-community will be female dominated) if they still can't figure out a viable male birth-control method?

    Please note, I'm saying all of this as a male who would love to not have to worry about unintended pregnancies; since, you know, once that happens (even accidentally) I'm held responsible, have absolutely no social/legal control in the situation, and may just have to fork over a giant portion of my pitiful earnings for the next 18 years…

  9. Not having a male pill puts enormous power in the hands of women. I know men who were tricked into having children. I don't know why you think this is some sort of male conspiracy, honestly.

  10. SHE DID NOT INVENT THE PILL!!! You gringos have to thank Ph.D Miramontes (a Mexican chemist) for the pill.

  11. i think this idea is flawed although viable im pretty sure females can have more sexual partners per day by design.

  12. Both people are equally affected by pregnancy? Really Johnny? How many men spend nine months having their body altered, then go through hours of labor agony and then potentially die during childbirth?

  13. I practiced the BEST birth control. I wore a condom EVERY DAMN TIME. Even when she was on birth control herself. The "feeling" or lack thereof, wasn't worth having a kid when i wasn't ready. I worked. I had my only child at 30..exactly when i wanted to. There really is no excuse otherwise. Most people still don't know that you're supposed to put on a new condom if you have continuous intercourse for more than 15-20min or so. But they don't and they break and there ya go. IGNORANCE is no excuse in life.

  14. I agree that it is unfair that men aren't taking the same share of responsibility for contraception, but at the same time, women suffer a lot more from unwanted pregnancies than men. It's unfair, but it's a fact. For that reason, it's kind of normal that women are more likely to be in charge of burth control. If you had to choose: either men or women are in charge of birth control, then women are much more likely be serious and reliable about it for the simple reason that they have more to lose. Again, it's unfair, but in a way that women are more "in charge" of birth control kind of makes sense.


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