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post #1 of 11
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Male contraceptive tests positive

SYDNEY, Australia -- The world's first injectable male contraceptive is a step closer to reality, Australian scientists have said.

A five-year study, conducted by the ANZAC Research Institute in Sydney, involved 55 men using hormonal injections and implants as birth control.

None of the men's partners conceived and there were no side effects compared to other trials, which have been terminated due to unforeseen problems.

The contraceptive works by inhibiting sperm production through injections of progestin every three months.

Since this hormone also reduces the sex drive, testosterone had to be implanted under the men's skin every four months to maintain their libido.

After a 12-month period, participants would stop the treatment to recover their fertility.

It is a method that proved entirely successful for Chris Hains, a police officer from Sydney, whose wife became pregnant seven months after he stopped taking the injections, according to media reports.

"This is the first time a reversible male contraceptive that will suppress sperm production reliably and reversibly has been fully tested by couples," Professor David Handelsman, the study's director, was quoted by Reuters as saying.

He added that it was up to pharmaceutical companies to follow up the research with a commercial product, but said a single injection could easily be administered by local doctors every three to four months.

But Melissa Dear, a spokesperson for the Family Planning Association, told CNN that she thought it was unlikely that the final product would be marketed in the form of an injection. "It's too awkward a method," she said.

"This study has brought the reality of the male contraceptive pill one step closer, but we need to look at combining both hormones in a tablet form."

She added that although the Family Planning Association welcomed the news, she anticipated that it would be five to 10 years before a male contraceptive was available commercially.

"You'd be bonkers if you believed a man who told you he was on the pill today," she said.

It would be nice to have a male contraceptive - that way us women don't have to worry about taking pills again!
post #2 of 11
I agree! I just heard about this from Ric they other day. We were discussing birth control & I told him that I've had to stop taking the pill for a couple months. It really messes up my cycle after a few years of taking the same one. He said that he read about it on askme.com (?) & he was willing to try it. I didn't realize that it was injectable! Makes me wonder WHERE they inject it?
post #3 of 11
I think male contreception is a fantastic idea. It's actually about time they had something like this!! The only concern I have is for some irresponsible single people. I just have a feeling more men are going to say they're on it then actually are if you catch my drift.
post #4 of 11
It's a really nice idea, and it's about time! I think it would be great for married or long-term couples. But, honestly, I would subscribe to the 'trust no-one' train of thought when it comes to that, unless he's your husband or fiancee. Better safe than sorry.
post #5 of 11
I don't know about trusting men to take their daily contraceptive pill... they can't even remember to put the seat down.
post #6 of 11
When I was in high school, the line was, "I can't get you pregnant - I had the mumps" or "I was kicked by a horse." Now, it'll be, "Its OK - I'm on the pill."

From my perspective: its a wonderful thing to be middle-aged, monogamous and sterile!
post #7 of 11
That's good news!
post #8 of 11
It's about time! Women have had to take responsibility in this area for too long, and look at the hazardous effects of the pill on women!
post #9 of 11
Women still need to take responsibility for themselves. Pregnancy isn't the only thing to worry about.
post #10 of 11
Quite interesting though. This hormone reduces their sex drive, and makes them 'sterile' so to speak.

If this does eventually get approved.. I think it would be wise for the US and even other nations to consider making it mandatory for sexual predators and child molesters to receive this shot every 3 months.
post #11 of 11
This is a wonderful idea!!!!
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