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Ultrasound could be used as a male contraceptive

Published on 14/05/2010
Scientists are investigating whether a blast of ultrasound could be used as a reversible male contraceptive.

Following tests on rats, researchers at the University of North Carolina now plan to carry out trials on humans.

They say that ultrasound directed at the testes could stop sperm production for six months, rendering men temporarily infertile.

After this period, production resumes normally and seemingly with no long-term damage.

The team behind the study hopes the technique can be used as a new form of birth control for a relatively low cost.

"Our long-term goal is to use ultrasound from therapeutic instruments that are commonly found in sports medicine or physical therapy clinics as an inexpensive, long-term, reversible male contraceptive suitable for use in developing to first world countries," said lead researcher Dr James Tsuruta.

He and his colleagues have been awarded a grant of $100,000 (£85,760) from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation to help fund human clinical trials.

By coincidence, the announcement comes the same week as the 50th anniversary of the approval of the female contraceptive pill as a prescription medication in the US on May 9th, 1950.
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