Finally men everywhere might have a birth control option that won’t rob them of the joys of living.
Scientists at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill may have discovered a cheap, convenient and noninvasive method of male birth control — ultrasound. The scientists believe that a single treatment can provide up to six months of infertility that is reversible.
The team has received a $100,000 Grand Challenges Explorations grant from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation for their work. If the project pans out, this could have an incredible impact on global health.
Ultrasound is low-cost and is widely available in both developed and undeveloped nations. It should be noted that while this will theoretically prevent pregnancy, it will have no impact on the spread of sexually transmitted infections (STIs) or sexually transmitted diseases (STDs).
Picture: Seminiferous tubule before (left) and after (right) ultrasound treatment.
*This blog post was originally published at Medgadget*