Half of women feel male Pill won’t work, as men will forget to take it

April 9th, 2011 - 4:04 pm ICT by ANI  

London, Apr 9 (ANI): A survey has found that half of women would not rely on the male Pill as contraception, as they do not trust their partners to remember to take it.

And a second blow for the Pill, which is currently at the medical trials stage of development, is that many men felt it would challenge their masculinity.

Only half of couples said they might use the contraceptive method when it comes on to the market. One in five said they definitely would not use a male Pill, while 31 percent were unsure.

Researcher Susan Walker, senior lecturer in sexual health at Anglia Ruskin University, found that more than half of the women surveyed (52 percent) were concerned that their partners would forget to take it.

“While the female interviewees loved and trusted their male partners, some of them simply felt that men are, as a gender, more forgetful,” the Daily Mail quoted Walker as saying.

Only 17 percent of men thought they would forget to take the Pill daily.

“I think that women are better at remembering these things. Women tend to worry more about the fact that they could potentially get pregnant,” one woman told Walker.

Walker also found that about one in six of the men felt that taking a contraceptive Pill was culturally associated with women and would make them feel less masculine.

“I found that the cultural association between taking the Pill and femininity was also a concern,” she stated.

The male contraceptive Pill is at the trial stage, and has been successfully used with human volunteers. (ANI)

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