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Male contraceptive will allow men to share responsibility for family planning

15 February 2010 Email This Post Email This Post Print This Post Print This Post

SyringeWomen could escape the burden of family planning by sharing responsibility with their partner. Although it’s not really a pill but an injection, the male contraceptive has  99% efficiency. Also the man are not to worry because after the injections stop the sperm count will return to normal.

The male contraceptive was already tested on 60 couples from Manchester and 20 couples from Edinburgh.  The contraceptive is given in two injections every two months and it consists of a man-made version of the female sex hormone progesterone and the male sex hormone testosterone. The male contraceptive reduces the level of other hormones which control sperm production and maturation.

Experts from Edinburgh University believe that, because the male contraceptive doesn’t protect against sexually transmitted diseases (STDs), it will be more popular among stable relations. The only side-effects may be hot flushes, mood swings or acne.

“The big sticking point is acceptability. I think there is a lot of education needed to convince men that this jab doesn’t make them less of a man”  said dr. Allan Pacey, an expert on male fertility,  from Sheffield University. He also added: “Vasectomy is OK but although it is viewed as reversible it isn’t really, so it would be useful to have an alternative”.

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