Male Birth control options for men is that when you think of birth control, your mind probably goes to women. But, researchers are also working on one for men, but it has yet to materialize. However, men have several options to avoid unwanted pregnancy.

Why consider male birth control? For one thing, taking pills is not easy. Or your partner may not be able to take the medication because of side effects. Or they may not be using any form of birth control.

Women also tend to bear most of the responsibility and cost of birth control, and methods for women tend to be more expensive than methods for men. If you want to play a more equal role, talk to your partner about the best way to do so.

And here are a few male birth control option ways:

Condom

Condoms can prevent pregnancy up to 98%. Of course, they also protect you from sexually transmitted diseases, or STDs. This is quite ok in all methods.

But if you don’t wear a condom correctly every time you have sex, the chances of getting pregnant are very high. (Pretty funny right?)

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Male Birth Control Option – Condoms

You should refer to our recommendations to use condoms properly:

Use only unused condoms, and made of latex or polyurethane (available in drugstores). Note: Condoms made of lambskin or other materials may not protect against HIV and other viruses.

Always test condoms before use. Expiry date or signs of tearing is something to watch out for. It’s important to follow these steps when you put on and take off a condom:

  1. Place the condom on the tip of your erect penis. Squeeze out any air that may be trapped in the tip of the condom and leave some space there for your semen.
  2. Open the condom all the way to the base of your penis. (If you are not circumcised, pull the foreskin back before pulling the condom down.)
  3. When you’re done with intercourse, grab the base of your penis and hold the condom in place while you pull it out. Tie the top of the condom to avoid spillage of semen.
  4. Throw the condom in the trash and wash your hands with soap. Avoid touching your partner’s genitals with your hands until you have washed your hands with soap.

Vasectomy

Vasectomy is also known as “male sterilization”. The surgeon will cut and block the tubes that carry your sperm to the testicles. It’s the most effective birth control option for men. The pregnancy rate after surgery is very low, only 0.0015%.

After a vasectomy, your semen will be free of sperm for about 3 months.

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Male Birth Control Option – Vasectomy

Benefits:

  • It is simpler, cheaper and works better than sterilization of women.
  • You can go home the same day of surgery.
  • It does not change the way sex or the feeling of ejaculation for you or your partner.
  • Your semen has no other shape, smell, or feel.

Limit:

  • A vasectomy has the potential to be sperm-free forever. You will probably never be able to have children again. You can try to have your vasectomy with another surgery, but this “reversal” doesn’t always work.
  • You still need to wear a condom to protect against sexually transmitted diseases.
  • As with any surgery, you have a small chance of swelling, bleeding, infection, and other complications. But they are rare and usually not serious.

Read more: Non Hormonal Birth Control Options For Women

Outercourse (External rubbing)

The term includes all different types of sex or foreplay that do not involve your penis entering your partner’s vagina. Outercourse can mean:

  • Kissing
  • Caress
  • Masturbation
  • Dry lumps
  • Oral or anal sex

As long as you keep your penis and semen away from your partner’s vaginal area, conception won’t happen. But the obvious downside is that you can’t have vaginal sex. Also, if you have oral or anal sex, you can still get an STD.

Withdrawal (Pulling Out)

It is called “Coitusrupus” in Latin. Withdrawal is one of the oldest and simplest forms of birth control, yet one of the least effective. You pull your penis out of your vagina before you ejaculate.

The pull-out method has several things going for it. It has no side effects and costs nothing. And going topless doesn’t affect your sexual feelings.

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Male Birth Control Option – Withdrawal (Pulling Out)

But this method only works if you do it right. That means you need to withdraw early enough so that no semen gets into or inside your partner’s vagina. You have to be calm and fast enough. That can be hard to do, especially if you’re young and haven’t had much sex.

And of course, the pregnancy rate of this method is quite high 22%.

And the withdrawal method does not protect you from STDs. (This is for sure)