links for 2011-07-21

  • Condoms or a vasectomy? Those are the choices for sexually active men who want to control their own fertility — at least for now.

    Those two options are currently the only available contraceptive methods for men, and both have well-documented drawbacks, according to Dr. Joseph Tash, director of the Center for Male Contraceptive Research and Drug Development at the University of Kansas.

    "Clearly there is a gap in the available contraceptive methods for men," Tash said.

    But a new wave of research into broadening male contraceptive options is looking at a variety of approaches, including hobbling sperm production and motility and its egg-penetration abilities.

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