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Male Birth Control Shot For Men

Updated on October 18, 2011

Birth Control for Men

After more than 20 years of trial and error and millions of dollars spent researching male contraception, California endocrinologist Dr. Kent Holtorf has discovered a male birth control shot that can do away with her (and your) “I forgot to take my pill” dread.

Holtorf’s find came six years ago by accident when, while treating men for low levels of testosterone, he realized that a weekly shot of the hormone wasn’t just reinvigorating his patients; it was also tricking their pituitary glands into halting sperm production. The possibility of birth control for men "reared its ugly head".

Holtorf began administering the treatment to healthy men and found the shot to be 99 percent effective. But there still seem to be a number of downsides:

  • Only a handful of doctors are prodding testosterone shots as a form of birth control for men;
  • the male birth control shots are new, so we won’t know long-term health effects for at least 10 years;
  • they’re pricey ($150 per shot) and not covered by insurance;
  • you need to visit the doctor’s office twice a month to be injected, since over-the-counter treatments remain many years off.

Still, there are huge benefits to male birth control. "Fertility returns within two months," says Holtorf. And, unlike the pill, which increases the risk of heart disease in women, testosterone treatments in men actually lower the risk of both heart disease and prostate cancer.

Prof. Richard Anderson, from the University of Edinburgh, head of another two year long research into the field of male contraception said, "When we carried out surveys of women, they were enormously enthusiastic. They wanted to share the responsibility for contraception."

The male birth controls shot is a twice-a-month treat.
The male birth controls shot is a twice-a-month treat.

How the male birth control shot works

The male birth control shot contains the male sex hormone testosterone, and a synthetic version of the female sex hormone progesterone. Men are injected with the shot by general physician once every two weeks.

The birth control shot for men works by stimulating the brain into decreasing the levels of the production of certain other hormones, which in turn prevents sperm production and maturation.

The obvious advantage of male birth control over female birth control is that its risks seem to be very limited. Once the shots are discontinued the sperm count returns to normal, also allowing for providing a timed contraceptive option.

The tests for the male birth control shot have seen very positive results in almost 100% of the cases. The only adverse effects were hot flushes, mood swings, and acne in some men.

Birth control for men is effective in committed relationships

Birth control for men provides a wonderful alternative for couples where female methods have proved ineffective, and couples that want to avoid such permanent procedures as a vasectomy.

On the other hand, because the male birth control shot is unable to protect against sexually-transmitted diseases, birth control for men is best suited to couples in a committed long-term relationship.

Dr. Anderson says, "Women don't want to control contraception because they could be left holding the baby. In a strong relationship, you share everything with your partner, and birth control should be part of it".

The biggest obstacle to the acceptability of the male birth control shot at the moment seems to be the very fact that men tend to think they are in some way reduced by the shot. It might take a lot of education to get this out of their head.

Male birth control is ideal in committed relationships.
Male birth control is ideal in committed relationships.

Are you in favor of birth control for men?

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Would you trust a man who says he is on birth control? Or would you think he is just trying to get out of wearing a condom?

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      avinash Chaudhary, ARC FPA India 5 years ago

      Today it is very important to have range of contraceptive chopices, and espacially in developing country it it required the most. every women has the right to Sexual and reproductive health rights and we should respect every women thought and feeling. so i always advocate for a wider range of contraceptive and espacially a choices for men should be incresade. thanks

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      Annonymous 6 years ago

      I have been taken testosterone shots on my own for years. Over 10. In that time i have had 3 well starting a 3rd, monogamous long term relationship. At times the testosterone has been the only form of B-control used. Never once have i had an "accident" or has my partner even missed her regular period. Look online. I can find the shot, syringes and everything else u need.

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      Seth 6 years ago

      where do i volunteer to be a test person for this amazing gift.

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      DSpence 6 years ago

      I think that male birth control is a must! I have seen women put holes in condoms and more. Just like some guys would say that they have the shot, women have been saying they were on the pill and not taking them or just mistaken. 150 bucks sounds way better than 18 years.

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      June 6 years ago

      I am a mother of a High School student soon to go to collage. My biggest worry is that he will knock some girl up before he finishes college. He should be able to be in control...Women are just as hard to trust as men as far as birth control it never hurts to double up.

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      Sondra 6 years ago from Neverland

      Excellent points Jimmy. I say double and triple up on the protection!!! Not that I have to worry since I'm married and will NOT be having more children ;) But this would've been a nice alternative when it was still necessary.

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      Haunty 6 years ago from Hungary

      Thanks for chipping in, Jimmy! You bring up a very good point. Even when you received the injection, it's a good idea to wear a condom. And that's exactly how women should counter such a statement from men.

      I will add the poll you suggested beside by boring one. I really appreciate the expert advice!

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      James Paterson 6 years ago from Scotland

      I showed this hub to my wife Haunty, and she said " it is a good idea but some men would say they had the injection to a woman just to get out of wearing a condom"

      of course for a casual fling even with the injection a condom should also be worn to prevent STDs.

      Maybe your poll should be asking the ladies if they would trust a man who said he was on birth control? after all a lot of women lie to their partners with the sole aim of getting pregnant by "accident".

      I am in favor of birth control for men but I know a man will say anything that a woman wants to hear when he is trying to get into bed with her...........jimmy

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      Haunty 6 years ago from Hungary

      To tell you the truth I didn't even know this was possible until I came across the idea. I agree with you on double protection. And there's always the choice of vasectomy if the partners don't want any more babies at all.

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      Sondra 6 years ago from Neverland

      Alright, who's the jackwagon that voted for birth control to rest solely on the female's shoulders?! I love the idea of male birth control. Many women have bad reactions to the hormones in female shots and pills. AND why can't it fall on both partners...double protection is always great if you really don't want a baby yet.

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      Selina Kyle 7 years ago

      Its about time.