Two Thirds of British Women Would Like Their Partners To Trial The Male Contraceptive Pill


New research has discovered that contraception is down to women alone to arrange in almost half of British relationships, however 65% confess that they’d be open to their partner trying out the male contraceptive pill. Just a third wouldn’t be open to it as they’re convinced their partner would forget to take the pill on a daily basis.

Almost two thirds of British women confess that they’d be keen for their long-term partner to trial the new male contraceptive pill, providing ‘double the protection’ and as ‘an alternative to condoms’. A small minority admit they’d be open to it for their partners peace of mind that they’re not going to get pregnant.

The team at conducted the research as part of an ongoing study into British lifestyles. 2,681 British women aged 18 and over, all of whom stated that they were in a long-term relationship, were quizzed about their relationship with a focus on contraception.

Initially all respondents were asked ‘Who’s role is it in the relationship to manage contraception?’ to which almost half of respondents, 49%, stated that it was down to them. Just a third of respondents, 32%, stated that it was the role of their partner, whilst the remaining 19% stated that they shared the role, whether taking it in turns or both doing their part to protect from STI’s and unplanned pregnancies.

All respondents were then asked ‘Would you be open to your partner trying out the male contraceptive pill?’ to which two thirds of respondents, 65%, stated that ‘yes’ they would.
Wanting to delve a little deeper, all respondents were then asked why they’d be open to the idea of their partner trying out the male contraceptive pill. When provided with a list of possible responses and told to select the response that most applied, the top five responses were as follows:

  1. It would be almost like double the protection – 25%
  2. It would be a good alternative to condoms – 19%
  3. It would be nice to share the responsibility – 15%
  4. It’s not fair that I’m expected to take the pill and he doesn’t have to do anything – 14%
  5. I can be forgetful at taking the pill, so we’d be covered if I were to forget – 12%

A further 7% felt that it would be a great idea for their partner to trial taking the pill as to put their mind at ease that they are indeed protected by the pill.

According to the poll, of the 35% who wouldn’t be comfortable with their partner trying out the male contraceptive pill, 56% were worried that their partner would forget to take it, preferring to take the pill themselves and know they’re almost 100% protected.

George Charles, spokesperson for, made the following comments:

“It’s an interesting concept, the male contraceptive pill. There are already so many different options available – condoms, the female contraceptive pill, spermicide and so on – but a pill is far more convenient for many to use. It makes sense for each in the relationship to be open to taking the pill, but people are always going to be sceptical to begin with about something so new and traditionally a female thing to do.”