New Male Contraception Method Sounds Promising & Maybe a Little Scary

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contraceptionDid the moment when we women can throw away our birth control pills, diaphragms, sponges, IUDs, and other contraceptive devices with confidence just get closer? Will we soon be able to rely on a simple zap to prevent us from getting pregnant? And will the responsibility for contraception finally fall not to us, but more than ever to our male partners? (Here's hoping!)

Researchers at the University of North Carolina think they may have come with a new "promising candidate" for male contraception: zapping testicles with a dose of ultrasound in order to halt the production of sperm, or at least reduce it to "sub-fertile" levels. It works on rats, the BBC reports, and they're hoping to perfect it for use in humans.

Assuming it doesn't hurt the zappee, the method does sound promising, though there is a hitch. (There's always a hitch.) It's not yet clear that the effects will be reversible, that the sperm itself won't be forever damaged (yikes!), or that repeated zapping will prove safe and effective. That's all research that's still underway.

Until all of those details are worked out, presumably, the method will not be approved for use in humans. (Hello, condoms.) But if they are and if it is, assuming, again, that the process is painless, it does sound rather exciting. No more birth control pills, with their myriad side effects? No more diaphragms, with their goop and required forethought? No more condoms (assuming you're with a trusted partner)? No more worry? That probably sounds good to a whole lot of women -- and men, too.

What do you think of this new possible form of male contraception?

 

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Melis... Melissa042807

I'd be worried about long-term effects. I wouldn't encourage my man to try it. 

nonmember avatar Kevin

no directed energy at my boys until it's well tested PLEASE..

Mrscj... Mrscjones

I second your thought Melissa.

sweet... sweettigeress

I really hate when people say, "it worked on rats". Great...we're not rats. No thanx.

Snark... Snarkymom

Ummm, i would be afraid it would hurt the saus-eeeege

elija... elijahsmama09

It doesn't sound even remotely safe...

godde... goddess99

I don't think any man is going to go for that...lol

lalas... lalasmama2007

It would still make me very nervous.

Steph... StephiCramer

Looks like I'm the only one excited about it this. It's no more scary than all of the new contraception methods coming out for women, which at one point in time, were thought to be equally as dibilitating. And to be quite honest, I would feel a lot more at ease if something happened to him than me. Sperm banks are nothing compared to finding a surrogate. It's about time men have as many options as women!

Bmat Bmat

It would be nice for women to not be responsible for birth control without condoms, but I wonder about the increased spread of disease.

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