SEVEN BILLION...THAT'S THE NUMBER OF PEOPLE WHO WALK THE GLOBE...WHAT'S MORE...50-PERCENT OF PREGNANCIES ARE UNPLANNED.
THAT STATISTIC IS MAKING NEW CONTRACEPTION METHODS FOR COUPLES ALL THE MORE IMPORTANT.
WHEN NATASHA STUMP AND HER HUSBAND DECIDED THEY DIDN'T WANT TO HAVE ANY MORE KIDS, NATASHA'S HUSBAND TOLD HER A VASECTOMY WAS OUT OF THE QUESTION.
"He's a man. Haha, sorry. He didn't want any pain."
BUT WHAT IF THERE WERE OTHER OPTIONS?
RESEARCHERS SO FAR HAVE FOUND MALE BIRTH CONTROL PILLS TO BE EFFECTIVE FOR SOME MEN AND NOT OTHERS. SIDE EFFECTS CAN INCLUDE WEIGHT GAIN, ACNE, DEPRESSION AND POSSIBLE HEART PROBLEMS. STILL THERE ARE OTHER PROMISING FORMS OF MALE CONTRACEPTION ON THE VERGE OF GETTING APPROVED.
"The testosterone gels and progestin gels, those combinations are probably the ones that hold the most promise as of now."
"Every day you use a small amount, you put it on the abdomen and also on the arms."
DOCTOR CHRISTINA WANG SAYS THE GEL WORKS MUCH LIKE FEMALE BIRTH CONTROL WITHOUT A LOT OF SIDE EFFECTS. BEFORE APPLYING THE GEL...
"You can see that they are lots of sperm moving around."
AND AFTER: THE SPERM ON THE SLIDE BARELY MOVE. DOCTOR WANG SAYS IT'S ALSO REVERSIBLE...TAKING MEN 3 TO 6 MONTHS TO REGAIN FERTILITY. FINALLY, WHAT ABOUT A REVERSIBLE VASECTOMY? THE PROCEDURE CALLED TAKES ABOUT 15 MINUTES WITH A DOCTOR, IS EFFECTIVE AFTER ABOUT 3 DAYS AND LAST FOR 10 OR MORE YEARS IT REQUIRES A ONE-TIME INJECTION AND IS REVERSIBLE WITH A SECOND INJECTION.
"Yeah definitely much better than getting snipped."
NOW THE QUESTION REMAINS IF MEN WILL USE IT.
RESEARCHER'S EYES ARE ALSO ON A PLANT BASED PILL FROM INDONESIA THAT COULD OFFER A NATURAL NON-HORMONAL OPTION.
RISUNG IS IN ADVANCED CLINICAL TRIAL IN INDIA AND WILL BE WIDELY AVAILABLE IN THE U-S IN THREE YEARS.
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