Male Birth Control Could Be A Shoulder Rub

Male Birth Control Could Be A Shoulder Rub

Putting the burden of birth control predominantly on women is patently unfair - not only do they bear the consequences if it fails, but it often comes with nasty hormonal side effects. But medical science hasn’t put too much work into birth control solutions for men outside of condoms and vasectomies. That all might be changing with a new study from the University of Washington.

The product in question is called NES/T, and it’s a gel that gets massaged into a man’s shoulders once per day. The study, which involves 420 couples from seven different countries, postulates that this gel can reduce the production of testosterone in the male subjects, causing their sperm to become less viable. Hell, if it doesn’t work, at least the dudes get a backrub out of it.

Study investigator Dr. Diana Blithe told the press “Many women cannot use hormonal contraception and male contraceptive methods are limited to vasectomy and condoms. A safe, highly effective and reversible method of male contraception would fill an important public health need.”

We agree! Hopefully the side effects of reduced testosterone won’t be too severe and this project will let men shoulder the burden - no pun intended - of birth control.

Read more at RT.