Newspapers and blogs reported that careless women had been taking their contraceptive pill and then peeing. Peeing everywhere. Contributing to a rise in the water’s oestrogen levels, water men drink. This in turn meant more men seemed to be developing prostate cancer. Well, you could you sci-fi it?
Oh, much better to concentrate on how male fish are getting really femmey from all that artificial oestrogen swishing around the water from slutty urine. Or a vague unproven link between the pill and prostate cancer than wondering, well what is in this medication that is apparently fine for girls and women to take but a danger men or wildlife?
When I was researching male contraceptives I was surprised about the amount of research going in to non-hormonal contraceptives. I suppose in the next decade when these contraceptives are proved safe and effective, women won’t have anyone to blame for their sudden beards.
The idea of the contraceptive pill was first suggested in 1953 by Margaret Sanger and Katherine McCormick. Due to various birth control laws at the time this was rejected. However soon after Frank Colton “accidentally” (I don’t know if this has gone down in history as an accident due to the aforementioned strict laws-I bloody hope so) developed a form of contraceptive pill.
In 1957 The Pill was available as treatment for gynaecological disorders and in 1960 The Pill was FDA approved. Horrific side effects such as double vision, nausea, depression, blood clots and strokes indicated the dosage was a bit…mmm…iffy. Fortunately medical professionals acted swiftly and 2 decades later in 1980 the dosage was lowered from 10 milligrams to the current dosage of 1 milligram.
For 20 years women were effectively overdosing on pregnant mare’s piss. Now there are studies galore researching the effects of oestrogen entering the water supply on men and animals.
For what it’s worth, here is a list of things with evidence that may cause prostate cancer.