Male contraception on the cards

A new male contraception may take the onus away from the women when it comes to birth control, a new report has revealed.

Scientists at the National Research Institute for Family Planning in Beijing, China have found that injecting men with testosterone every month has the effect of causing sperm production to stop.

This reversible procedure was undertaken by 100 men aged between 20 and 45 who had impregnated their partner at least once in the two years before the trial began.

Researcher Dr Yi-Qun Gu commented: "For couples who cannot or prefer not to use only female-oriented contraception, options have been limited to vasectomy, condom and withdrawal.

"Our study shows a male hormonal contraceptive regimen may be a potential, novel and workable alternative."

The oral contraceptive pill is taken by 3.5 million women in the UK and was first used in Puerto Rico in 1956.

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