NEW GEL IS MALE BIRTH CON­TROL!

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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.”

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