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Thu Dec 21, 2017, 05:49 PM

A Contraceptive Gel for Men Is About to Go on Trial

https://www.technologyreview.com/s/609773/a-contraceptive-gel-for-men-is-about-to-go-on-trial/

Itís expected to deliver hormones more effectively than injections or pills.
by Emily Mullin December 20, 2017

After more than a decade of work, government researchers in the U.S. are ready to test an unusual birth control method for menóa topical gel that could prevent the production of sperm.

And no, gentlemen, you donít rub it on your genitals.

The clinical trial, which begins in April and will run for about four years, will be the largest effort in the U.S. to test a hormonal form of birth control for men.

Currently, menís only options for birth control are condoms or a vasectomy. In the last major study of a hormonal male contraceptive, which took place in Europe from 2008 to 2012, participants received injections of hormones every two months. The shots suppressed sperm production and prevented the menís female partners from getting pregnant, but they also gave men severe mood swings and other serious side effects (see ďWhy We Still Donít Have Birth Control Drugs for MenĒ).

The new gel contains two synthetic hormones, testosterone and a form of progestin. Progestin blocks the testes from making enough testosterone to produce normal levels of sperm. The replacement testosterone is needed to counteract the hormone imbalances the progestin causes but won't make the body produce sperm.


Who's excited for hormones?

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IronLionZion Dec 2017 OP
ksoze Dec 2017 #1
IronLionZion Dec 2017 #2
brooklynite Dec 2017 #3
gvstn Dec 2017 #6
unblock Dec 2017 #4
LeftInTX Dec 2017 #7
NightWatcher Dec 2017 #5
OnDoutside Dec 2017 #9
KTM Dec 2017 #8
politicaljunkie41910 Dec 2017 #10
LongTomH Dec 2017 #11

Response to IronLionZion (Original post)

Thu Dec 21, 2017, 05:52 PM

1. Sounds like it committed a felony

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Response to ksoze (Reply #1)

Thu Dec 21, 2017, 05:53 PM

2. It's innocent until proven guilty

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Response to IronLionZion (Original post)

Thu Dec 21, 2017, 05:54 PM

3. Just get snipped...

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Response to brooklynite (Reply #3)

Thu Dec 21, 2017, 06:02 PM

6. Getting snipped seems safer to me.

It is minimally invasive and reversible (in most cases). I'd gladly opt for that rather than a prescription that messes with hormones and requires a synthetic substitute for replacement of testosterone.

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Response to IronLionZion (Original post)

Thu Dec 21, 2017, 05:54 PM

4. *to* trial, not *on* trial, lol

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Response to unblock (Reply #4)

Thu Dec 21, 2017, 06:05 PM

7. Clinical trial is the correct term, but this wording

is more fun.

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Response to IronLionZion (Original post)

Thu Dec 21, 2017, 05:59 PM

5. If we don't rub it on our genitals, who will?

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Response to NightWatcher (Reply #5)

Thu Dec 21, 2017, 06:13 PM

9. They should do an ad based on the "Swarfega Ready" ads !

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Response to IronLionZion (Original post)

Thu Dec 21, 2017, 06:07 PM

8. Because TPTB will NEVER let us have RISUG.

 

Fuckers.

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Response to IronLionZion (Original post)

Thu Dec 21, 2017, 06:37 PM

10. I don't know why they'd take it. A lot men I know in their early 30's are having trouble due to

low sperm count.

My daughter and my daughter-in-law both had trouble conceiving and had to go through invitro fertilization. Almost all my daughter's friends (she's 36) are having problems conceiving. My daughter had problems herself and is currently awaiting to confirm if she's pregnant after going through invitro for the second time. Her first baby turned a year old in October and she's hoping she's pregnant again. The doctors said it was her husbands low sperm count. My son and his wife had the same problem and went through the same process after nine years of marriage. They married at age 21 and tried for nine years. All of a sudden every male of normal child baring age has a low sperm count. My thought is that the 'invitro' route is a racket. Once you label a guy as 'low sperm' count something psychologically sets in and then he can't. All my daughter's friends, (and she has lots of them her age), all seem to be having problems conceiving since they waited until they had established careers before having children. They are now desperate and they have good jobs, so this makes the problem worse since they believe that something must be wrong with them. But in almost ever case, doctor's are telling the men in their lives that they have low sperm count. Hell it only takes ONE. My son and his wife had triplets after trying for 9 years, half of that time included trying via 'invitro' and finally they had triplets. Eight months after the triplets were born, my D-I-L conceived naturally. It seems that when the pressure is off, nature takes its course.

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Response to IronLionZion (Original post)

Thu Dec 21, 2017, 06:45 PM

11. Years ago, I read about an experiment to place tiny, gold valves in the vas deferens

I don't know if the experiment was unsuccessful or if the money just ran out for the clinical trial. I thought that would be a perfect answer to male birth control, a definitely reversible vasectomy. Every young man could have it done, at puberty, and have it reversed when he, and his partner, decide they're ready to become parents.

Maybe modern nanotechnology could make this successful.

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