Did You Say Male Birth Control?

Posted by: Beena Q (February 27, 2012)

There aren’t many good things that are associated with a shot to the balls, but a new study by the University of North Carolina might change that perception. That’s because scientists have discovered that an ultrasound shot to the testes could become a new wave of pain-free male contraception.

In the study, rats were given high-frequency ultrasound into their testes area, which is the same type of ultrasound used in physical therapy. Two weeks after the treatment, their Sperm Count Index had dropped to zero, and sperm-producing germ cells were killed off as well.

Clearly, the results don’t always transition from rats to humans seamlessly, but researchers believe that results for humans would be similar. It must also be determined whether the effects of this type of contraception are permanent or whether the effects are temporary and reversible.

For men, the contraceptive menu includes abstinence, pulling out, condoms, and a vasectomy. Ultrasound treatment could be the happy medium that fits perfectly into that lineup.

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