Contraceptive saliva experience for men
A couple in Edinburgh, Scotland, are one of the first people in the world to start using contraceptives that affect male hormones.
Nineteen-year-old James Ors and 27-year-old Dina Bardsley, from the University of Edinburgh, were involved in the study, which found that 450 couples would use only “hormone gels” to experimentally prevent pregnancy for the next 12 months.
This is a special type of ‘gel’ or saliva made by combining progesterone and testosterone.
‘Women’s burden will be less’
In an interview with BBC Radio Five Live, James explained that he took a gel equal to a 50p coin out of a gel toothpaste-like tube and applied it to his shoulder and shoulder bone and allowed it to dry. It only took three to four seconds.
“I did the same thing on the other shoulder and then put on my shirt and went about my daily routine,” he says.
James has been using the saliva since February this year, but a week ago he started using it as the only method of contraception. He said that “there has been an additional effect in the form of more lust than usual” but no negative effects have been reported.
He said he did not notice any change in his mood, there were some scars on his back which are now clearing up. He said he had gained some weight, “but if you ask the truth, it may be because he drank too much beer.”
He said the reasons for participating in the experiment were other than medical benefits.
The positive side of it, she said, is that it has become part of changing the whole contraceptive debate.
“Now my co-workers come to me and ask me all sorts of questions about this saliva.”
Diana says this will give men the freedom to use their own methods of contraception and reduce the burden on women.
“I am convinced that this male contraceptive or anything else for men will be available soon,” she said.
Dr Sheryl Fitzgerald, a reproductive medicine consultant at the NHS Trust in the UK, says it will take a few years for that to happen.
He said that in this experiment, hundreds of men using this gel or saliva are being carefully examined to see if it is medically safe, effective and tolerable.
He added that it would then be tested on a larger scale, which could take at least another ten years.
This experience has also been beneficial for James’ partner Diana. Diana says that she started using hormonal contraceptives at the age of 16 and because of this prison she will be younger for a year now.
“By giving men this opportunity, we are reducing the burden on women and giving men a chance to use their own methods of contraception,” she said.
Why is it so difficult for men to make birth control pills?
Experts at a leading medical conference have said that the new contraceptive pill for men has successfully completed the initial safety test.
Taken once a day, this pill will control sperm-producing hormones.
However, doctors say it could take up to a decade for it to hit the market.
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Some say there was not much social and business interest in making contraceptive pills for men. But opinion polls suggest that if the pills hit the market, many men will use them.
Another problem is that women are worried about whether men will take these pills regularly or not.
A 2011 survey by Anglia Ruskin University in the UK found that 70 out of 134 women feared that their husbands or partners would not remember to take the drug every day.
The biggest challenge in developing this hormone-controlling drug was that it did not cause a decrease in sexual desire or impotence in men.
In a healthy man, new sperm cells are constantly formed due to hormones.
There were fears of temporary side effects or side effects from temporarily stopping sperm production without lowering hormone levels.
However, experts say that this latest drug for men developed by the University of Washington and Biomed will succeed in its goal.
The conference in New Orleans said that the initial safety test on 40 men was very promising and after the trial, their hormone levels returned to their normal levels.
The side effects were minimal.
Weakness of the penis
Five men who took the new pill on an experimental basis reported a slight decrease in their sexual orientation, while two reported a slight weakness in their penis, but no one reported a decrease in their normal sex life. Has come and no one has stopped taking the bullet.
Professor Christina Wang, who led the new study, and her team are delighted with the findings, but they are still undecided.