Featured Research

from universities, journals, and other organizations

Can men be trusted to take male contraceptive pill?

Date:
January 29, 2010
Source:
University of Teesside
Summary:
New research in the UK casts doubt on whether men can be trusted to take the male contraceptive pill, which is currently undergoing trials. The findings show that while men said they would welcome it, women thought their partners could not be trusted to take the contraceptive pill regularly, leading to unplanned pregnancy.

Judith Eberhardt.
Credit: Image courtesy of University of Teesside

Would you trust men to take a 'male pill'? That's the question posed to 380 people in North East England by a team from Teesside University which questioned people about the male contraceptive pill currently undergoing trials.

Related Articles


The research led by Judith Eberhardt, from the University's Social Futures Institute, involved interviews with 140 men and 240 women and cast doubt on whether Northern men can be trusted to take it.

The findings showed that while men said they would welcome it, women thought their partners could not be trusted to take the contraceptive pill regularly, leading to unplanned pregnancy.

"There's been some work into the male pill, mainly in the US and Australia," said Eberhardt. "But nothing it seems has been done in the North East, which is perceived to be a male-dominated society.

"Men in the North don't go to the doctors very often and we wanted to see if that approach to health care would influence their attitudes to the male pill. Past research has shown a link between health awareness and attitudes towards the male pill.

"There were three findings to our research. Firstly, both men and women had a positive attitude towards the male pill and thought it was a good idea.

"Secondly, women were more positive than men, but women didn't trust men to remember to take the pill every day. This means that pharmaceutical companies need to look at developing options such as a monthly injection or an implant that could last three years.

"And finally, men in a stable sexual relationship had a better opinion of the male pill than men in casual sexual relationships."

Writing in the Journal of Family Planning and Reproductive Health Care, Eberhardt said, "Once the male pill is widely available, promotional campaigns could target not only men but also their female partners, as women tend to come into contact with health services more frequently."


Story Source:

The above story is based on materials provided by University of Teesside. Note: Materials may be edited for content and length.


Journal Reference:

  1. Eberhardt, Judith; van Wersch, Anna; Meikle, Neil. Attitudes towards the male contraceptive pill in men and women in casual and stable sexual relationships. Journal of Family Planning and Reproductive Health Care, 2009; 35 (3): 161 DOI: 10.1783/147118909788707986

Cite This Page:

University of Teesside. "Can men be trusted to take male contraceptive pill?." ScienceDaily. ScienceDaily, 29 January 2010. <www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2010/01/100128110227.htm>.
University of Teesside. (2010, January 29). Can men be trusted to take male contraceptive pill?. ScienceDaily. Retrieved October 31, 2014 from www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2010/01/100128110227.htm
University of Teesside. "Can men be trusted to take male contraceptive pill?." ScienceDaily. www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2010/01/100128110227.htm (accessed October 31, 2014).

Share This



More Mind & Brain News

Friday, October 31, 2014

Featured Research

from universities, journals, and other organizations


Featured Videos

from AP, Reuters, AFP, and other news services

Alzheimer’s Hope

Alzheimer’s Hope

Ivanhoe (Oct. 31, 2014) A new drug, BCI-838 offers new hope to halt and possibly reverse the damage of Alzheimer’s disease. Video provided by Ivanhoe
Powered by NewsLook.com
Studying Effects of Music on Dementia Patients

Studying Effects of Music on Dementia Patients

AP (Oct. 30, 2014) The University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee is studying the popular Music and Memory program to see if music, which helps improve the mood of Alzheimer's patients, can also reduce the use of prescription drugs for those suffering from dementia. (Oct. 30) Video provided by AP
Powered by NewsLook.com
Techy Tots Are Forefront of London's Baby Show

Techy Tots Are Forefront of London's Baby Show

AP (Oct. 28, 2014) Moms and Dads get a more hands-on approach to parenting with tech-centric products for raising their little ones. (Oct. 28) Video provided by AP
Powered by NewsLook.com
Cocoa Could Be As Good For Memory As It Is For A Sweet Tooth

Cocoa Could Be As Good For Memory As It Is For A Sweet Tooth

Newsy (Oct. 27, 2014) Researchers have come up with another reason why dark chocolate is good for your health. A substance in the treat can reportedly help with memory. Video provided by Newsy
Powered by NewsLook.com

Search ScienceDaily

Number of stories in archives: 140,361

Find with keyword(s):
Enter a keyword or phrase to search ScienceDaily for related topics and research stories.

Save/Print:
Share:

Breaking News:

Strange & Offbeat Stories


Health & Medicine

Mind & Brain

Living & Well

In Other News

... from NewsDaily.com

Science News

Health News

Environment News

Technology News



Save/Print:
Share:

Free Subscriptions


Get the latest science news with ScienceDaily's free email newsletters, updated daily and weekly. Or view hourly updated newsfeeds in your RSS reader:

Get Social & Mobile


Keep up to date with the latest news from ScienceDaily via social networks and mobile apps:

Have Feedback?


Tell us what you think of ScienceDaily -- we welcome both positive and negative comments. Have any problems using the site? Questions?
Mobile: iPhone Android Web
Follow: Facebook Twitter Google+
Subscribe: RSS Feeds Email Newsletters
Latest Headlines Health & Medicine Mind & Brain Space & Time Matter & Energy Computers & Math Plants & Animals Earth & Climate Fossils & Ruins