NEW GEL IS MALE BIRTH CONTROL!
AN EXPERIMENTAL male birth control gel could bounce rubbers from popularity for good!
Called NES/T, the topical treatment — which is applied to the back and shoulders and absorbed through the skin — combines the progestin compound segesterone acetate with testosterone and could be a safe alternative to condoms, say experts.
Progestin blocks natural testosterone production to reduce sperm creation, while the replacement testosterone maintains normal sex drive and other hormone-driven functions, according to researchers.
The National Institutes of Health is currently funding a year-long study to test the effectiveness of the gel. “Many women cannot use hormonal contraception, and male contraceptive methods are limited to vasectomy and condoms,” says Dr. Diana Blithe of the NIH.
“A safe and reversible method of male contraception would fill an important public health need.”