Snippet from the interview with Carl Djerassi, “father” of the The Pill:
Djerassi himself was snipped in his early fifties; his daughter was sterilised at 25, convinced the world didn’t need more babies and she’d adopt if necessary. But will there be a male Pill?
“Never. This has nothing to do with science; we know exactly how to develop them. But there’s not a single pharmaceutical company that will touch this, for economic and socio-political rather than scientific reasons. Their focus is on diseases of a geriatric population: diabetes, obesity, cardiovascular, Alzheimer’s. Male contraception is nothing compared with an anti-obesity drug. Plus, men are preoccupied with the side-effects. Men who start taking it at 18 will ask, ‘Will I still be able to have a child 30 years later?’ How do you answer? To prove that is monstrously difficult and expensive. No one would spend that amount of money.”