It is interesting to see just how many people totally miss the point! (Which of the above statements do you think miss the point?)
(And in response to "Mildred" - how many women remember to put the toilet seat up?)
The markets for high quality male contraceptives
Overpopulated developing countries
Name 2 such countries. China & India?
These 2 countries are at the leading edge of the science and technology of advanced male contraceptives. They have tested millions of men with cheap devices that might be the envy of men in the more developed "west".
A "problem" is that these countries are developing cheap contraceptives which the drug & other companies in "the west" may not be able to make a useful profit from. So China & India may deploy these contraceptives to many millions of men while "the west" dithers and/or develops more expensive options that companies can make a profit from.
People in stable trusting relationships
The woman gets tired of using the pill. "It's your turn now". "OK, dear".
This is a "replacement market". Its unattractiveness to the manufacturers of traditional contraceptives is that it reduces part of their traditional market and replaces it with an equivalent new market that they have to spend vast amounts of money to develop for. They would rather not have to do this, but once one company does, the rest have to. If drug companies think this is their main market, they will move slowly. It probably isn't their main market, but they need to be convinced.
Men who don't want any of the consequences of being a bio-father
Chris, Steve, and Andrew C (above) represent this market. This may be the most important market in "the Western world" for high quality male contraceptives. Men who want to veto conception in order to protect themselves from perhaps £50k - £70k of child support payments over the next 18 years. People who think that it is only women who suffer the consequences of unwanted pregnancies are living in some strange fantasy world, perhaps based in the mid-20th-Century. With the CSA, and especially with the relentless progress of DNA testing, the bio-fathers of unwanted - by them - children also suffer. (If you can call the payment of £50k - £70k "suffering").
This is a new market. There will be men using these contraceptives even when their female partner is continuing to use her contraceptives. These men may be married and in long term relationships, or in shorter term relationships, or having one-night stands. They are simply men who want sex and don't want a bio-child to result. (And that is probably lots of men most of the time!) This market may be massive and ready to go. Their requirements are:
As a result, this should be the last generation in "the Western world" when a significant proportion of children born were not wanted, or at least accepted, by both man & woman at time of sex. People who actually want children will have to negotiate with a partner to stop them using their unobtrusive contraceptives.
Male contraception will have to be accepted by the FDA in the USA, or the equivalent in other countries. The FDA is probably one of the harder agencies to satisfy, but it can be done. For this & other reasons it is probably that such methods to be widely available in India & China before the USA.
Who knows when it will be in any particular country? The date of 2003 has been quoted for RISUG in India, and 2005 for the Edinburgh "pill", but they may simply be optimistic. So "perhaps 2010" is a somewhat cautious date for "the West". Remember that over half-a-million men in China have undergone years of trials during the 1990s. While "the West" agonises, the countries with serious population pressures, aided by the World Health Organisation, are getting on with it, sometimes using home-grown technologies.
But ... how do businesses make enough money for their R&D spend to be worthwhile? THIS is the real question - developing this next generation of male contraceptives is simple compared with making money out of it. Indeed. This will change from country to country. India & China have their rules. The USA has its rules. Other countries, such as the UK have their rules.
In India & China this isn't such a big problem. They have serious
population pressures, they have developed some technologies way beyond
the rest of the world, they have trialed using more than half-a-million
men, and they are going ahead relentlessly. It is more of an issue with
The USA is rather special - the FDA tends to be quite strict, but more importantly businesses can expect 1000s of lawsuits. So the USA deserves to be last to receive advanced treatment. This will probably be the case with the next generation of male contraceptives - the particular conditions in the USA will cause men in the USA to be rather late receiving the benefits, resulting in 1000s of extra Child Support cases. (Pity the children).
Even if these contraceptives become available within years, it will take a lot longer for "everyone" to understand the consequences. This is why, just above, it "the last generation". It may take this amount of time before people have adapted to "the new order".
It will take a generation to confirm that this is right.
Learn from your parent's mistakes:
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