28 Jun '12, 5pm

A male birth control dudes might actually use

A male birth control dudes might actually use

You know what doesn’t do a lot to help reduce unwanted births? Putting women in sole charge of contraception, then making it nigh-impossible for them to exercise any reproductive freedom. We could improve sex ed, affordability of birth control pills, and access to abortion — but as long as there are Republicans around, we might be better off researching easy contraception for men. Which is why this new topical contraceptive gel , developed by researchers at the Los Angeles Biomedical Research Institute at Harbor-UCLA Medical Center, could be a big deal. Unlike current options for male contraception, this one doesn’t involve surgery or even the unfairly-maligned condom. You just put it on your skin, maybe in the form of a patch like the one already available to women. The mix of testosterone and synthetic progesterone lowers sperm counts in 89 percent of men, making it way ...

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