Birth Control for Men - Will the Monthly Injection Catch On?
Researchers in China have now come up with a male birth control that's just as effective as the birth control pill.
Once a month, men can go to their doctor's office and get jabbed in the buttocks, and voila ... they're good to go.
Do you think it can catch on?
In testing in China, only one man in 100 fathered a child while on the injections, the study in the Journal of Clinical Endocrinology & Metabolism reports.
The contraceptive is a form of testosterone that is injected into the buttocks once a month. It works by temporarily blocking sperm production.
"For couples who cannot, or prefer not to use only female-oriented contraception, options have been limited to vasectomy, condom and withdrawal," said Dr. Yi-Qun Gu, of the National Research Institute for Family Planning in Beijing, China.
"Our study shows a male hormonal contraceptive regimen may be a potential, novel and workable alternative."
Gu says while the results of this trial are encouraging, more long-term testing needs to be done on the safety of the regimen, with a focus on cardiovascular, prostate and behavioral safety.