It has long been known that men do not want to share the burden of contraception. But research now shows that this is no longer the case.
Experts say three-quarters of men are ready to take birth control when it finally becomes available.
Trials of male birth control pills and gels are moving fast.
Such developments have faced more hurdles than women who have had access to contraceptives since the 1960s. This is due to the fact that men dropped out of the trials due to side effects, including those found in almost all female contraceptives.
And while women expressed support for male contraceptives, they admitted they did not trust men to use them in previous surveys.
A new study by a University of California researcher contradicts previous findings that men view birth control as something women should be responsible for.
More than 2,000 men in the United States and Canada were asked if they would like to use the new method of contraception.
This included hormonal options such as the male equivalent of the combination pill, which prevents women from ovulating.
Male birth control, which must be taken 30 minutes before intercourse, is being tested to prevent sperm from reaching the egg and reaching the stage where it can fertilize it.
The survey showed that more than half of men are ready to use hormonal contraceptives (54%).
And 65% were willing to use non-hormonal drugs. All of the men in the study, published in Contraception, were between the ages of 18 and 50.
The researchers compared these results with attitudes towards gender roles and masculinity, so respondents had to say whether they agreed with various statements.
With regard to gender roles, more than 10% of respondents believed that not getting pregnant is the responsibility of a woman.
The authors of the study said that attitudes about masculinity and gender roles presented in the survey may be a barrier to contraceptive use among some men.
Source: Daily Mail
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