Human Trials Starting On Ultrasound As Birth Control


For most of us the word “ultrasound” conjures images of a pregnant woman getting a peek at her unborn baby. We might have a whole new, and opposite, set of associations with ultrasound soon.

Researchers at the University of North Carolina are starting human trials on using birth control as a safe, effective, reversible form of birth control for men.

Early research suggests that a blast of ultrasound to the testes can stop sperm production for up to six months. Side effects would be basically nil, and if you wanted to become fertile again you could just stop the treatment.

If it works, this could be the Holy Grail of birth control. Per the BBC:

Lead researcher Dr James Tsuruta said: “We think this could provide men with up to six months of reliable, low-cost, non-hormonal contraception from a single round of treatment.

The research is being funded by a $100,000 grant from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. This could be especially great news for the many women who find that the Pill kills their sex drive.

Personally, I am totally pulling for this. It’s about time there was any non-surgical, non-barrier form of birth control that men can be responsible for. I really hope it works, and that my husband will be first in line when it comes to market.

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