If you are sexually active, then you need to think about birth control for men. It doesn’t matter if the woman (or women) you are with are already taking precautions, it is your responsibility to protect yourself and your future, and depending on what you want that future to look like, you have a few different options for birth control.
Abstinence And Withdrawal: One Is Popular And One Is Not
Technically, abstinence is a form of birth control, but really – wanting to prevent pregnancy doesn’t mean that you want to prevent sex. It is not realistic to expect someone to practice abstinence, unless they are morally obliged to do so through family values or religion, or some other means.
The withdrawal method is another popular form of birth control for men, because it is free. You are really taking your chances when you practice withdrawal.
If you do it right, most sources I found said there is about a 3-4 percent chance of pregnancy. However, this source says that the failure rate is 27 percent (it also talks about how to use the withdrawal method properly). I would assume the high rate of failure is due to not doing the withdrawal method correctly!
To practice withdrawal correctly, you must have awareness and control, and that can be hard to find when you are in the midst of amazing sex! Add alcohol to the mix, and you have a recipe for possible pregnancy.
So, the withdrawal method should be done if children are an option. In other words, if you get a girl pregnant, you are willing to deal with that.
If you don’t want to have children yet, then here are some more reliable options.
Another Birth Control Option For Men: Condoms
Here’s an interesting note: Condoms were originally made to provide protection against syphilis in the 16th century. They were originally made out of animal intestines.
Now, they are used to protect against STD’s and pregnancy. And they are made out of rubber or latex and come in all kinds of colors, flavors, and textures. Moreover, condoms are generally made to accommodate a certain penis size, with most condoms being a good fit for any size. Aren’t you glad you are not in the 16th century?
Not all condoms are made the same though. A few condoms have spermicide (kills sperm) in them that helps to add more protection against pregnancy. Any man who is serious about not having a baby is his future will likely pick up that condom.
If any outside lubricant is added to the condom, then there is a chance the condom can become damaged. This is why it is very important to only use water-based lubricants.
If you choose condoms as your form of birth control, make sure you get a variety of latex and rubber. Why? Some women are allergic to latex, and if you are left with the option of no condom or no sex, you may be obliged to pick no condom in the heat of the moment if you don’t have a backup plan!
How To Effectively Use A Condom
Remember, to prevent pregnancy, make sure to hold on to the base of the condom as you remove it off your penis SLOWLY. If you move too fast, and it is not held properly, the condom can come off the penis and stay either inside or around the woman’s vagina. If that happens, it is like you were not wearing any protection at all.
Another Birth Control Option For Men: Vasectomy
If you have decided that you do not want children, this is the option for you. It will allow you to have sex without any worry about pregnancy. You don’t need any other forms of birth control methods, and you can have sex when you want, where you want.
Of course, a vasectomy doesn’t protect against STD’s.
It is not easy to get a vasectomy. You cannot just walk in and demand it. A doctor needs to know that you have thought through the decision. You will be asked a lot of questions and given some information to think about. If you still want the vasectomy, your doctor should give it to you.
It is important to note that if you are in a relationship, you will likely have to bring your partner along to the consultation. This is because most doctors want to know that this is a mutual decision. However, if you are single, then the choice is completely up to you. (I know this because I had to go along when my husband and I decided not to have biological children.)
While the vasectomy can be reversed (with around a 60% success rate), there is the chance that you will not be successful in reversal, so please don’t let the fact that reversal is possible guide you in your decision.
The procedure is simple. No hospital time is needed. You go in, the nurse preps you (shaving), and within a few hours you are back at home.
Here is a good video to explain the procedure. I don’t know why it says ‘Sample Use Only’, almost like a watermark, but it is still a good video that properly displays what will happen.
So there you have it! A few choices of birth control for men that you have at your disposal. And until further developments are made, they will probably be your only choices for a while.
Always take responsibility for yourself instead of leaving it someone else’s hands.