The male pill? Bring it on

Don’t tell me men couldn’t be trusted to take contraceptive pills – I did two trials, and it was frankly brilliant

The male contraceptive pill is in the news again, and, having done two years’ of clinical trials, I hope this time it will really happen. It is for commercial and social reasons that the male pill is not yet available, not scientific ones – the drug companies think men won’t be interested, and they think women won’t trust men who say: “Don’t worry, darling, I’m on the pill.” But my experience, albeit more than a decade ago, was largely positive, and those attitudes are seriously outdated. The first time I took part, I was off with my then-partner to the family planning clinic, when she said: “It’s so unfair that there isn’t a pill you could take instead of me. Would you, if you could?” There’s really only one answer to that question. When we got to the clinic there was a cheesy poster on the wall showing Neil Armstrong on the moon, captioned “Be the first man on the pill!” And so the deal was done. (via The male pill? Bring it on | James Mackenzie | Comment is free |

$1 Contraceptive for World’s Poorest Women

In November 2014, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, Pfizer Inc., and the Children’s Investment Fund Foundation (CIFF) reached an agreement to make birth control accessible to women in developing countries. Sayana Press, an injected contraceptive, is sold to distributors for only $1 per dose. The drug will be sold at little to no cost and administered readily to women living in sixty-nine countries by 2020. Injection is the preferred method of birth control because it allows women privacy, ease, and convenience.

Read more about it here:

Image Source: PATH/Will Boase


History’s Worst Contraceptives by Engender Health.

I have read that male birth-control pills is in the making. Why they have taken so long? What are the problems?

Doc Kon-igi jests answers.

I’d say, if blood goes to the stomach to digest this, it won’t go down where it’s needed.

All jokes aside, for years a pharmacological method to prevent spermatogenesis has been studied and recently scientists have agreed to abandon the use of molecules “off-label” (i.e. they have other primary indications, but their secondary effect makes the male infertile) as Gamendazole or Adjudin. Now researchers are turning to a multiple hormonal contraceptive, in the form of a monthly injection of medroxyprogesterone acetate depot with a supplement of testosterone gel or with use of testosterone undecanoate.

You can find the studies here and here, but they tell us that the road for a large-scale commercialization is still long, either thanks to a biological factor (objectively, it is easier to inhibit in a reversible manner ovulation rather than spermatogenesis), or for a (mal)practice factor: the man impregnates and flees while the woman “must” bake the bun in the oven. And, as a result, there is the misconception that only women should be worrying about this issue.

Ask kon-igi & science-junkie a question.

On Tuesday I’m getting my contraceptive implant bar replaced. It’s been about 2.5 years since my first one was put in, and it’s starting to wear off.

The total cost of this process, the bar, the applicator, the double doctor’s appointment and the check up later to see how it’s going is $6. Thank you Australian health system!

Don’t you dare tell me that healthcare isn’t important. Imagine how many teens and young people in general could benefit from 3 years of contraceptive treatment at the cost of just $6?

The US needs to sort out its priorities. 

This post was born as a response to a question sent in by Carla regarding how female astronauts deal with their menstrual cycle during long duration mission in space.

There are no rules that require or, on the contrary, prohibit to suppress the menstrual cycle during a space mission. To tell you the truth not even mere recommendations exist: every astronaut decides freely according to their preference. It is of course a good idea to inform the flight surgeon about the decision; the latter must be familiar with all aspects of the astronaut’s health. Apart from this, it is a completely a personal choice.

From what I have heard from my colleagues, I believe that often considerations of practicality make it preferable to choose for pharmacological suppression. It is not, however, any different from what is commonly practiced by many women: those who typically use the “classic” contraceptive pill is in fact already suppressing the menstrual cycle. The bleeding during the week of interruption (or placebo), are not a real period, but a so-called withdrawal bleeding.

If you decide instead of having a regular menstrual cycle on board, it’s not a problem. There are stocks of sanitary products onboard and the “bother” is really a minor one: I would not want to change, for example, having to need to shave my face (and maybe even the head) each morning in weightlessness!

This is female privilege +_+

1. The pill has been rejected because of a combination of effectiveness concerns (men produce 1000 spern a second, that’s harder to control than 1 egg a month) and social rejection (women like being in control of birth control).
2. Men do fear pregancy. When a woman becomes pregnant, she has all the control in the future of that child. If that women decides to have the child, even if the man doesn’t want to, he can be forced to provide for that child. Men have a lot of incentive to not get a woman pregnant.
3. Mandatory vasectomies? Really? Like circumcision isn’t traumatic enough for some young boys. And 2 people to vouch for him as a father? Not just 2 people, 2 women? Like women are somehow more qualified to be parents just for being women? Can you imagine the shitstorm if people decided women needed to be given permission to have kids? Taking away the man’s right to HIS OWN FUCKING SPERM?

What is wrong with people?

Let’s talk about natural contraceptives.

A lot of women come to me with questions surrounding this topic. Most are done with the ill effects of the pill, IUD and other birth controls that mess with the body.

The most important thing is to learn your cycle. 💪🏽
You are least fertile right before you bleed and most fertile 5 days after your period ends. The entire week and a half after you bleed you become fertile. 5 days after you stop bleeding (approx), you ovulate for 5 days. And then you lessen in fertility until you bleed.
There are many ways to tell when you’re ovulating. I instantly notice a subtle discharge. It’s not a yeast infection but a slimy white consistency that nourishes the sperm up! Only for those 5 dad and then it stops.

My next favorite contraceptive is intention. Set your intention. Do you want to get pregnant or not. Yes or no. No maybe’s here. Set it and stick with it. All energy will follow that.

Papaya seeds are a wonderful contraceptive as well. I take 10 a day when I’ve made love. If you’re consistently sexually active, take 10 a day except when you’re bleeding.
Papaya seeds work because they are an anti-parasite. A baby is kind of like a parasite in the beginning.
Wormwood, oregano oil, black walnut, ayahuasca and garlic are also anti-parasite.

Listen to your body and find what works best for you. 🙏🏻💗 no fear only love ~

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Juniperus communis or as it is commonly known as Juniper, common juniper and gorst is part of the cupressaceae family. The juniper is poisonous and can cause gastrointestinal upset as it contains high levels of isocupressic acid, which is known to be an abortificant. The Juniper plant was used to stimulate the uterus, speeding up or inducing labour, or to trigger abortion. Native Americans used the juniper berries as a contraceptive.

Juniper berry was first used as a medication as it is a diuretic and it was also thought to be an appetite stimulant and a remedy for rheumatism and arthritis. Western American Native Tribes were reported to have used the berries as an appetite suppressant during famines.