Great news for women: University of North Carolina experts believe a blast of ultrasound to the testes can safely stop sperm production for six months. The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation is funding their research, which could produce the first safe, effective form of male birth control on the market.
Now, I know many men are going to read this and think, Oh hell no. Even the ability to be infertile for six months isn’t worth a doctor “blasting” anything at my testes. But you know what? I think it would be kinda nice for the burden of birth control to fall on men for a change. Many of us have to take a pill every day that makes some of our lady parts non-functional, and those pills are not only expensive, but they can have a wide range of side effects. Maybe we could set up some sort of a system where we rotate– you blast the sperm out of your balls for 6 months, and in return, we will take the pill for the next 6 months. Sound good?
My only problem with this whole sperm-blasting ultrasound idea is that, in my imagination, sperm + radiation = two-headed, eight-limbed babies. And who wants to be a guinea pig for a study like that?
I nominate Tiger Woods.