A New Method of Male Contraception – Part 2

by Atavacron on February 25, 2013

in Condoms,Contraceptives,Papaya Seed Extract,Sex,The Pill

In my last post, I expressed my frustration that there are limited contraceptive options out there for men.  Condoms vs. Vasectomy?  That’s just not a fair set of options to present to guys — regardless of everyone’s dedication to safer sex.  Hey, I’m looking to share the responsibility for avoiding conception here.  Gimme something to work with.

Assuming that you’re with a committed partner with whom STIs are a non-issue and regular testing is in place, you might want to conceive at one point in the future but not now, and you would like to avoid condom use with a particular partner, you have to use either a hormonal or physical barrier method.  I am a proponent of the IUD as either a primary or backup contraceptive; both Paragard and Mirena are solid options, albeit with some risk of side effects.  But while IUDs are great coverage, they’re not 100% effective.  Paragard has a failure rate of .6%, and Mirena is slightly more effective with a .2% failure rate.

Why are IUDs so advantageous, despite the risks?  There’s no pill to take every day, no diaphragm to insert every time you have sex, no ring to take out every time you have sex, nothing to surgically install into your arm every three years (Nexplanon), and no intra-muscular shot to take every three months (Depo-Provera).  Just once every five to ten years (Mirena and Paragard, respectively) there’s a procedure that involves lying on your back with your legs in stirrups and someone grabbing your cervix with a surgical instrument and shoving a thin straw with the IUD through your cervix a certain distance into your uterus and…WAIT A MINUTE.  Are you getting the heeby-jeebies, like I am?  In the same way that one might be uncomfortable with hearing about…oh, I don’t know, a vasectomy, possibly?   There has to be a better way — a way that allows the insertive partner to take as much or more responsibility than the receptive partner, and does not require forever banishing hopes of fatherhood to the mysteries of future surgical reversal.

So with RISUG long-established as a viable option (it was invented in the 1990s), but years away from clinical trials in the United States, I did some basic Googling.  There are some time-honored and thoroughly tested techniques here, and some promising yet potentially dangerous ones.  I’m not going to get into any of the hormonal options, not only because I personally am not interested in altering my hormonal balance, but because they’re hardly options — more like failed lab trials by universities that couldn’t get backing from Big Pharma.

There’s the wearing of suspensories, which keeps the testes as close to the body as possible, thus disallowing sperm production because it’s just too darn hot for them to survive.  We’re talking about simulating cryptorchidism here.  One Chinese study found no difference in results — all involved near-perfect sterility — between men who had been wearing suspensories and men who had had their testicles sewn back into their inguinal canals.  That’s not a study I want to be a part of.  Point is, keeping the testes at body temperature works like a charm.  You all know that the testicles need to be a couple of degrees cooler than the rest of the body to produce healthy sperm, right?  Right.  There are limited suspensory designs, so finding one that you’re going to feel sexy in is a fruitless endeavor — unless you’re into chastity cages or CBT (cock-and-ball torture, you can Google that one yourself), in which case wearing a suspensory will be like a walk in the park.  Not so comfortable for the rest of us, though; think tighty-whities times five.

Then there’s a variety of hot bath formulas, from the take-a-hot-bath-every-day-and-hope-for-the-best technique of yore, to some more specific work that’s been done around using super hot water in a cup or bowl for a limited amount of time once a day for three weeks.  Just for your testes, mind you — keep that shaft above the water.  Those studies seem to show that you can induce sterility for about six months with such a quick-zap technique, but I personally question the safety and reliability of doing this to yourself.  You’re working with water that’s hot enough to to the job but not hot enough to scald, which is still really friggin’ hot.  And it has to stay that hot for 20 minutes at a time, so you’re using two bowls and constantly swapping them in and out of the microwave.  Or you have to have a very effective water heater and hope that no one in your unit takes a shower or flushes the toilet.  An on-demand water heater with a very accurate sensor and a hose would be an asset here, but you’d be running enough water with which to take a shower, which is a waste.  You could use a hotplate and dip in to a bowl on it, but you’d better get good at those squats and don’t touch the plate!  No matter how much dedication you approach this with, you’re still looking at some degree of discomfort.

Also in the why-would-you-do-that-to-yourself category is ultrasound.  There have been some mammalian studies where ultrasound was used via both direct application and application through distilled water to the testes.  While it took a while to find the right strength and technique, researchers have essentially been able to zap the ability to reproduce (for a time) right out of monkeys.  Sound scary?  It is.  While the tests revealed the appropriate amount of strength and time of application to reliably induce long term but reversible sterility (i.e., the monkeys go back to making babies after six months to a year), the tests also revealed that it was terribly easy to overdo it and induce permanent sterility.  There was a limited study done on some brave human souls, with much lower doses utilized, and similar results achieved — they avoided the whole permanent sterility thing, because, hey, no sense in drawing a lawsuit.  The issue with ultrasound as a viable contraceptive technique is that A) You’d be a fool to go out and buy an ultrasound machine and zap your own balls, and B) No doctor who expects continued support of the medical establishment is going to do it for you either.

Finding the available physical methods a bit intimidating, I started sniffing around for natural approaches to decreasing my sperm count — though a disruption in the formation or motility of the sperm would be equally effective.  If they can’t swim, they’re not going to get where they’re going.  If they’re deformed – á la the effects of RISUG – they’re not going to have much luck at the egg.

I’m not necessarily a proponent of Western Medicine, but I’m also not one to rely entirely on an herbal approach to any ailment.  Regardless of level of skepticism, my own evaluation standards for the natural options were, A) No side effects ever, B) Someone somewhere has clinically proved effectiveness, C) No impact on seminal volume or ability to orgasm, and D) You can actually buy the stuff over the counter, or in an herb shop, or by mail order, or…somewhere.  That proved to be a wee bit difficult with the most promising option, which I’ll introduce you to after the jump.

But before I wrap up this post, let’s review the most frequently mentioned naturopathic contraceptives.  To be honest, MaleContraceptives.org does a much better job of breaking these down than I can.  That site is an excellent resource in a sadly…um…infertile field.  As Lady Perv says, “It’s a lot harder to stop a bazillion sperm than it is to stop one egg.”  One natural option that MaleContraceptives has relegated to its own page is gossypol, an extract of common cottonseed oil.  My hesitance in actually moving forward with a natural contraceptive option originates in reading about gossypol, which is a remarkably effective contraceptive, but whose side effects included hypokalemia and, most importantly, the occasional case of irreversible sterility.  Hey man, I’m just looking to prevent the babies temporarily, oKAAAAAAY?

So when I found a promising natural contraceptive, I was fairly skeptical — and to be honest a bit skittish — about putting it into my body on a daily basis.  Read about that in A New Method of Male Contraception – Part 3.

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Original Post:  A New Method of Male Contraception – Part 1

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Lady Perv February 27, 2013 at 1:12 am

Hey man, don’t freak the ladies out about getting IUDs! True, it’s not the most comfortable thing in the world, but allow me to present the female perspective: http://www.pervertsinlove.com/2011/02/iud-rundown-part-ii/

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