The latex condom was invented in 1912. Since then, every contraceptive technology developed has placed the onus of contraception on women.
Oral Contraceptive Pill
Hormonal Injection, Patches, Vaginal Rings
Intrauterine Device / Intrauterine System
Implantable Hormonal Contraception
Despite this, 78% of men believe that men and women share equal responsibility for decisions about contraception, and 61% of men also believe that men and women have equal decision-making power when it comes to having sex. This creates a disconnect between the expectation of equal decision-making, and who has the burden of responsibility in practice. For adolescent men, the only way to initiate contraception is through condom use.
1. Grady WR, Tanfer K, Billy JOG, Lincoln-Hanson J. “Men’s perceptions of their roles and responsibilities regarding sex, contraception, and childrearing” Family Planning Perspectives, 28:221–226, 1996