Tuesday, May 5, 2009

ZenTiger Trust me - I'm on the jab

A male contraceptive jab could be as effective at preventing pregnancies as the female pill or condoms, work shows.

Although personalities were still seen as the most effective form of birth control.

The monthly testosterone injection works by temporarily blocking sperm production and could revolutionise birth control, experts believe.

Experts are people who don't realise a monthly prick in the rear end sounds just a bit gay.

In trials in China only one man in 100 fathered a child while on the injections, the Journal of Clinical Endocrinology & Metabolism reports.

Although only one man in one hundred in China was actually engaging in sex with the opposite sex, given the shortage of women. Anyway, is 1 in 100 good enough odds?

Six months after stopping the jabs the men's sperm counts returned to normal.

With no long term side effects either. They hope.

Family planning campaigners welcomed the news and said they hoped an injection would give couples more choice and enable men to take a greater share of the responsibility for contraception.

Family Planning Campaigners? What a joke. A fine example of Orwellian Doublespeak. All they care about is family prevention. More choice? When was choice ever a limiting factor? Choice to family planning means choosing to abort. Male contraception doesn't add any real responsibility - it's another way of short circuiting the ultimate responsibility.

At the moment the onus is on the woman and men do not have that much choice
Fertility expert Mr Laurence Shaw

The men already have half the choice in the fertility equation. And the message from the liberals to wear a condom will not diminish, irrespective of other contraception methods. Just listen whenever the Pope speaks, how outraged liberals are over any threat to the holey condom.

And yet there are tends of thousands abortions a year? What is really changing here?

But experts said more trials were needed to check the safety of the jab.

Safety from law suits being the primary issue.

Previous attempts to develop an effective and convenient male contraceptive have encountered problems over reliability and side effects, such as mood swings and a lowered sex drive.

And that was just from the women.

Despite the injection having no serious side effects, almost a third of the 1,045 men in the two-and-a-half year trial did not complete it and no reason was given for this.

Pulled out early, achieved no satisfaction, and couldn't be bothered hanging around to explain why. How surprising. Maybe its something to do with attitude? Or maybe that was a side effect?

Lead researcher Dr Yi-Qun Gu, from the National Research Institute for Family Planning in Beijing, China, said: "For couples who cannot, or prefer not to use only female-orientated contraception, options have been limited to vasectomy, condom and withdrawal.

He missed other common options, like abortion. In China, forced abortion.

Our study shows a male hormonal contraceptive regimen may be a potential, novel and workable alternative." He said if further tests proved successful the treatment could become widely available in five years from now.

Just about every scientific "breakthrough" I read about has a promise to be delivered in around 5 years. Why is that?

Mr Laurence Shaw, of the London Bridge Fertility Centre and the British Fertility Society, said: "If a male contraceptive like this became available it would be great and would give people another choice. "It would empower men to make a decision which involves more than just a condom. At the moment the onus is on the woman and men do not have that much choice.

Empowering men? Is this guy on estrogen? Giving them a "decision" - the choice of a jab or a condom? This isn't a decision, it's an avoidance.

"But we have been here before with testosterone as a method of contraception. We need more rigorous safety testing."

There's that word safety again. Do they have something to hide? What are they afraid of? That sperm production is mutated, and not only does it fail as a contraceptive, but birth defects ensue? Oh. I see. Better put that on the disclaimer in very small print.

He said in trials, the female Pill was still more effective as a contraceptive than the new jab, but that in real life they might be comparable because it is easier to forget to take a pill.

New pick up line: "I'm on the jab, trust me".

A spokeswoman from Marie Stopes International said: "This is a very positive step forward. The more range of contraceptives there are, the better.

Because you can never have enough?

"But if this does become available men should still remember that it will not protect them against sexually transmitted infections and they should still use a condom."

So, no choice then. By the way, it wont protect their partner from picking up an STD from him either. A monogamous relationship would be safer.

Rebecca Findlay of the Family Planning Association said: "In the past fpa has asked men if they would use hormonal contraception, and a third gave a definite yes they would.

I wonder if it was the same third who scarpered on the actual trial? Could have just been part of the reaction to hormonal imbalance I suppose.

"More research is needed to make sure that any new method is safe and effective, but men will welcome the continued search to give them more control over their fertility and sexual health."

There's the word safe again. And what will men gain by this control? That they can't be put in a situation where they are sued for maintenance if the mistress decides to keep the baby? I wonder if this just encourages a further slide into a culture of self-gratification and a disconnection from the openness to new life. Either way, I suspect the abortion numbers will remain constant.

What's next - mandatory jabs from age 13 to 18? Whilst our teen boys are lining up to take responsibility via a hypodermic, the girls are queued for a dose of Gardasil. No mixed messages, just pragmatism and a quick buck for big pharm.

Maybe if they can slip it into the water...

Related Link: Trust Me - I'm on the jab

4 comment(s):

ZenTiger said...

"This is a very positive step forward." said a spokeswomen up there in the extract.

Do you get negative steps forward? Wouldn't that be a step backwards?

Anonymous said...

The paper in question is here (http://jcem.endojournals.org/cgi/content/abstract/jc.2008-1846v1).

1045 men were recruited but only 733 went through the entire follow up - this is normal attrition in clinical trials.

BUT, the actual failure rate was 6%, reported as: The combined method failure rate was 6.1%, comprising 4.8% with inadequate suppression and 1.3% with post-suppression sperm rebound.In other words, the method potentially sucks. And I have my suspicions about the way this was reported, particularly with regards to side effects. Yes, I am saying I think the Chinese LIE as a matter of course to save face.

What I enjoy doing and pointing out to the family planners is that the BREEDERS, ie. Catholics and Muslims and people of true good-will will inherit the earth if this ideology continues. The look on their face is priceless as it scares the shit out of them.

One way to get them to talk sensibly I guess.

Anonymous said...

MrTips: "the BREEDERS... will inherit the earth"
:) Dead right!

Unfortunately the Muslims are outbreeding the Christians at present, even many Catholics aren't breeding as much as former generations.

We were living in Ireland recently, 95% of the population claims to be Catholic. Most people you talked to in their 30's were one of 13 children, but had 2 of their own and no intention to have any more.

Looks like there are only a few of us who see the problem and must work very hard to outbreed the Muslims...

MathewK said...

"Family Planning Campaigners? What a joke. A fine example of Orwellian Doublespeak. All they care about is family prevention."

Exactly, planned parenthood anyone, if only people knew how big the abortion business is and how they're actually paying for much of it.

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