If I’m trans and using birth control, will I be able to take testosterone in the future?
Someone asked us:
Okay so I’m trans, and I was wondering if I get on birth control, will I still be able to get testosterone later in life?
Taking birth control now won’t have any impact on whether you can take testosterone in the future. Many trans men use birth control. If you want a non-hormonal option, the most effective one is the ParaGard IUD. You can talk about all of your birth control options in an LGBTQ-friendly environment at your nearest Planned Parenthood health center.
If I were going to describe the perfect contraceptive, it would go something like this: no babies, no latex, no daily pill to remember, no hormones to interfere with mood or sex drive, no negative health effects whatsoever, and 100 percent effectiveness. The funny thing is, something like that currently exists.
The procedure called RISUG in India (reversible inhibition of sperm under guidance) takes about 15 minutes with a doctor, is effective after about three days, and lasts for 10 or more years. A doctor applies some local anesthetic, makes a small pinhole in the base of the scrotum, reaches in with a pair of very thin forceps, and pulls out the small white vas deferens tube. Then, the doctor injects the polymer gel (called Vasalgel here in the US), pushes the vas deferens back inside, repeats the process for the other vas deferens, puts a Band-Aid over the small hole, and the man is on his way.
For the first time, a safe, effective and reversible hormonal male contraceptive appears to be within reach. Several formulations are expected to become commercially available within the near future. Men may soon have the options of a daily pill to be taken orally, a patch or gel to be applied to the skin, an injection given every three months or an implant placed under the skin every 12 months, according to Seattle researchers.
Birth Control for Men (check bottom of post for the definition I’m using)
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New Birth Control
Could you imagine if the weight of birth control was placed on both sides of a relationship? Well scientists are coming out with a similar method of “the pill” for men (1). “The Pill” has been a popular method of birth control among women (2) since it’s approval in 1960. Although it is effective, many women have to deal with many challenges such as remembering to take it at the same time everyday, its hormonal changes, and even the possibility of suffering from a heart attack or stroke.
No need to worry! The Parsemus Foundation, a non-profit foundation that “works to advance innovative and neglected medical research”, is working on a non hormonal drug called Vasagel that is a new birth control method for men. Although the drug is only in it’s early stages, it has been tested successfully on animals and should be ready for human testing within the next year.
Vasagel is injected into the body and creates a polymer gel barrier in the vas deferens (3) which blocks out sperm. This method of birth control can be compared to a vasectomy, except this method is reversible if the user later changes their mind.
Shown here is the gel barrier created by Vasagel
You are probably wondering, how long until this new drug is ready for human use? Well, assuming all goes well, Vasagel could be used on men starting as early as 2018! From polls done earlier this year from Berlin, at least 50% of men said they would use it. Keep in mind though, that this is in NO WAY a replacement for condoms, which help protect sexually transmitted infections.
Pictured is the amount of Vasagel that would be injected
What do you think about this new drug? Should we be funding this type of research? Would you use this form of birth control? Would you want a partner to use it? Share your thoughts in the comment section below.
(1) Pertaining to men born with a vas deferens [see (3)]
(2) Pertaining to women born with a uterus and ovaries
(3) Vas Deferens is a tube through which sperm passes through
The Best Hope Yet For Male Birth Control Is Almost Here!
After years of research, a new form of birth control is finally here! This time, it’s for men! Join Tara as she explains why this male birth control is revolutionary.
Vasalgel preclinical studies making great progress! http://myemail.constantcontact.com/Va… “The last few months have been incredibly active preparing for the next phases of the baboon preclinical studies.”
“Men don’t want birth control” is a corporate lie designed to maintain a system that is profitable. “Men are too weak for birth control” is an extension of that lie, all of it capitalizing on the fears of both parties, in order to maintain the current working status quo.