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By Diogenes (articles ) | Nov 01, 2006

An article touting the benefits of a new oral contraceptive for men grudgingly admits there might be a catch to it:

The common perception is that few women would actually believe a man who said he was on the Pill.

Odd. Why should the lady, in the situation obviously envisaged, have reason to think that the gentleman had anything but her best interests at heart?

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  • Posted by: Heathcliff - Nov. 03, 2006 10:17 AM ET USA

    The invention of the Pills and the obvious lack of trust between people who use them is giving weight to the Church's teaching: no sex before marriage and no contraception in marriage.

  • Posted by: Hammer of Heretics - Nov. 02, 2006 5:56 PM ET USA

    I wonder how they can claim that the male Pill has NO side effects. It's not like it's been used by large numbers of men. Mark my words, in 20 years we're going to see a strange rash of men with rotting testicles, or something similar, and doctors will spend years trying to figure out what's causing it. The cause, of course, will be right under their nose, but they'll keep saying, "The only thing in common is the use of the "Male Pill"...but it can't be that!"

  • Posted by: dusty - Nov. 02, 2006 2:16 PM ET USA

    Brings to mind the old story of the pill being blamed for many heart attacks in men who heard their partner say "I forgot to take it".

  • Posted by: ladybird - Nov. 02, 2006 12:13 PM ET USA

    C'mon, Heathcliff! What guy engaged in the act cares, really, whether she is or not? If he's such a cad as to encourage her in an adulterous act in the 1st place, of course he'd accept her "word" that she was immune from pregnancy! It's the lady who needs to beware. If she is a lady, she'll not be caught in such a situation anyway! It's laughable! Pregnancy is the least "std" she needs his promise of protection from! If she believes he's free of the other std's she'll believe this too!

  • Posted by: - Nov. 02, 2006 11:57 AM ET USA

    In response to Heathcliff, it is usual to believe the woman who says she is on the "Pill", since she is the one who either has the baby or the abortion. Since men can't get pregnant, women might be less inclined to believe them. After all, the "Pill" will not prevent STDs. Man's history goes before him, making him less than believable. It seems that they found a way around the side-effect of the first "Pill" for men - a drop in libido? That one they dropped like a hot coal!

  • Posted by: Heathcliff - Nov. 02, 2006 7:34 AM ET USA

    Put the shoe on the other foot. Why should men actually believe a woman when she says she is on the Pill?