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One of These Things Might Be the New Condom
Okay, we get it.Sometimes reaching for a rubber can ruin the vibe when you're about to get it on. All that ripping and fiddling can be awkward as hell, not to mention the anti-aphrodisiac smell of latex putting the olfactory hurt on all those pheromones you and your partner have been working so hard to stir up.
New studies also indicate that sexual frustration can lead to in fruit flies. Okay, so that's fruit flies, not humans. But we're all related, right? I mean, these are the same buzzy buggers that resort to boozing when dissed by the opposite sex. Not seeming so different now, are they?
Lucky for us, it appears there may be a solid condom alternative or two headed our way soon, one that doesn't involve precision incisions or infusing our mates with hormones that may occasionally make them a little, um, irrational?
Scientists in Australia (which, it's worth noting, has one of the world's highest teen pregnancy rates) have developed a new, potentially non-invasive technique. Using mice, they've found a way to tweak their DNA to keep sperm in its storage bin, so that when the little rodents achieve lift off, the resulting genetic spaceship is without passengers. No sperm = no pregnancy; everyone wins. Unfortunately, putting this into pill form and getting it approved for human consumption may be a ways off.
Birth control has been a prevailing goal of scientist's since the dawn of civilization.
Way back in 40 AD, Greek pharmacologist Pedanius Dioscorides included a method in his widely used medical encyclopediaDe Materia Medicainvolving cannabis -- you know, weed, - seeds to lower sperm counts. Modern science put this to the test, and found he was right - when injected into rats, their sperm counts mellowed out by more than 50%. Papaya seeds have traditionally been used as a contraceptive as well, and again modern testing found that their consumption rendered monkeys spunk spermless, without any sign of side effects.
Hippocrates, godfather of modern medicine, was a fan of heating the testicles to a sweaty 116 degrees and maintaining that slow boil for 45 minutes. For obvious reasons, this technique never really caught on in the mainstream - can you imagine pausing a hot and heavy moment so you could go apply heat? However, taking a page from this, a modernized version involving ultrasound is making waves, though there are some long-term kinks to still work out, such as the potential for sterilization and birth defects. You know, little things.
Then there's RISUG and Vasalgel. Basically an injectable vasectomy, doctors would put a polymer gel into your vas deferens, blocking sperm, and it would be reversible by simply flushing the gel out with another injection. This one has a lot of people pretty excited, and so far in the United States they've raised almost grand towards conducting a study on baboons, which would be the final step before human clinical trials.
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