Should guys play a bigger role in preventing pregnancy?
When the pill hit the market in the early ’60s, women thought they were finally liberated—they could have sex like men and not have to worry about getting pregnant. But with all the side effects that come along with birth control, some people are asking if men should have more responsibility for contraception. London-based professor John Guillebaud is developing a male pill, but whether men will be open to taking it is an open question. Meanwhile, women are encouraged to “go on the pill” with little regard for side effects such as nausea or depression. While other contraceptives are available, as Guillebaud put it, “we’re in a box that says we always start on the pill and then never have the side effects ... You assume that it's the thing to do.”