Whenever contraception or family planning is spoken of, inevitably, of the various methods presently available which pops up in one's mind, the majority of these would be methods which involve placing responsiblity on the female partner. And often, it is stated that men are not willing to shoulder the burden of family planning, This is said to be a myth as a study done in the UK showed that 81% of men surveyed stated that birth control is a shared responsibility of both partners.
Male contraception is presently limited to two main choices :: condoms and vasectomy. Condoms have their associated drawbacks and vasectomy is oh so final as it is irreversible mostly.
Various trials of the male pills or injections have in the past not proven to be of easy usage or reliable or reversible. But help is on the way, research regarding a new method of suppressing sperm production has been carried out and the results have been published recently.
The study, a U.S. government-funded program sponsored by Virginia-based family planning organization CONRAD, was able to successfully and reversibly turn off sperm production in the 55 men who took part in the study which uses the combination of a long-acting testosterone and a progestin. The testosterone is given as an implant and this requires a minor operation to insert it under the skin ( much like the female contaception called Implanon) and the progestin is given as an injection. This may therefore test the resolve of men who wants to be the one to shoulder the responsiblity of family planning. Thus this method may not find many men taking readily to it.
The study showed that the sperm counts of all the male participants recovered to the levels they were at the start of the study, though in some it took a period of 6 to 12 months for this to happen. Potential side effects of this method included a possible increased risk of prostate cancer, sleep disorders and breathing difficulties. As to when this method will be available on the pharmacy shelves, the researcher says that it would "inevitably take several years".
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