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Ultrasound As a Male Contraceptive 599

Posted by kdawson
from the what-could-possibly-go-wrong dept.
TeslaBoy writes "The BBC has an article about using ultrasound aimed at the testicles as a reversible male contraceptive. This can last for six months. With a grant of $100,000 from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, researchers at the University of North Carolina will push ahead with more clinical trials, fine tuning, and safety tests."
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Ultrasound As a Male Contraceptive

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  • by Narcocide (102829) on Tuesday May 11, 2010 @07:25PM (#32176540) Homepage

    Don't let Microsoft point ultrasonic emitters at your nuts.

  • by Anne_Nonymous (313852) on Tuesday May 11, 2010 @07:26PM (#32176564) Homepage Journal

    >> ultrasound aimed at the testicles

    That just sounds nuts!

    • Re: (Score:3, Informative)

      by Anonymous Coward

      Actually, this is the first thing they do if there's any suspicion of testicular cancer. I had some aches and pains and a little lump on Rightie, so I was sent off right away to have a scrotal ultrasound.

      Does anyone know if/how that sort of diagnostic ultrasound differs from this? They didn't say ANYTHING to me about it affecting fertility.

      • Re: (Score:3, Insightful)

        by Hadlock (143607)

        -They didn't say ANYTHING to me about it affecting fertility.
         
        Simply wearing tight pants/underwear affects your fertility. What on earth made you think an ultrasound would improve your fertility in any way?

  • Ultrasound? (Score:5, Funny)

    by roman_mir (125474) on Tuesday May 11, 2010 @07:29PM (#32176600) Homepage Journal

    Jesus fucking Christ, why didn't I HEAR about this earlier?

    • Re: (Score:3, Insightful)

      by roman_mir (125474)

      Flamebait? Yikes, where are the technically inclined people on this site now, can you HEAR the ultrasound? sigh.

  • by Sepultura (150245) on Tuesday May 11, 2010 @07:31PM (#32176618)

    This can last for six months.

    There are a number of areas in my life where YMMV is fine, and I'll take the risk, but I don't think contraception will be one of them.

    • Re: (Score:3, Interesting)

      by Shakrai (717556) *

      I had thought about that too. It would take several weeks before it "kicked in" because of the lag time for sperm production. Shut down your testicles tomorrow and you'll still be fertile until the stored sperm in the epididymis is used up. Given that, I don't see this method as being particularly popular unless you can keep "zapping" the testicles to ensure they don't resume sperm production. If they do then you are looking at another few weeks of having to use alternate birth control methods and in th

  • by Zarjazz (36278) on Tuesday May 11, 2010 @07:32PM (#32176632)

    So was I the only one who crossed their legs while reading the story?

  • Sign me up! (Score:3, Insightful)

    by CasualFriday (1804992) on Tuesday May 11, 2010 @07:34PM (#32176656) Homepage
    If this is cheap and effective, it sounds like a good decision. If you're in a monogamous relationship, say bye-bye to condoms! You also don't have to subject your female partner to a birth control regimen, which throws her hormones out of whack and can have all kinds of terrible side effects like migraines, random menstrual flow, etc.
  • Why not (Score:4, Funny)

    by turing_m (1030530) on Tuesday May 11, 2010 @07:36PM (#32176674)

    just get married instead?

  • Hmmm... (Score:5, Funny)

    by Howard Roark (13208) on Tuesday May 11, 2010 @07:37PM (#32176688)

    Gives new meaning to the term "Hum Job."

  • by A L 1 E N (1177827) on Tuesday May 11, 2010 @07:42PM (#32176782)
    Bender: What should we point it at first?
    Fry: I dunno. Try it on me!
    [Zap]
    Fry: Ow! My sperm!
    Bender: Wow! Neat! Mind if I try that again?
    [Zap]
    Fry: Huh, didn't hurt that time.
  • by ciaohound (118419) on Tuesday May 11, 2010 @07:58PM (#32177002)

    Didn't we just see a story about this? Or is Ball Lightning [slashdot.org] not the same thing?

  • Ringtone (Score:4, Funny)

    by MDMurphy (208495) on Tuesday May 11, 2010 @08:04PM (#32177072)

    Now if I can just get a ringtone for that...

  • by TheNarrator (200498) on Tuesday May 11, 2010 @08:17PM (#32177198)

    Imagine you're Bill Gates, you're the richest guy in the world, yet you still have to sit in traffic. So why not devote the rest of your life to population control?

  • by Jane Q. Public (1010737) on Tuesday May 11, 2010 @08:31PM (#32177358)
    Wives discovered a long time ago that screaming loudly enough in the vicinity of their husband's testicles somehow "magically" prevented pregnancy. It prevented a lot of other things too, but that's beside the point.
  • by DNS-and-BIND (461968) on Tuesday May 11, 2010 @09:07PM (#32177654) Homepage
    Dr. Who fans will love it. Just tell them it's a sonic screwdriver and they'll line up around the block.
  • Idiocracy? (Score:3, Funny)

    by kybred (795293) on Tuesday May 11, 2010 @11:18PM (#32178512)
    Ow My Balls! [youtube.com]

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