UNC Study Shows That Ultrasound May Give Men Birth Control Option

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Chapel Hill, NC-- A birth control method that's effective, inexpensive, and painless. That's nothing new. But we're not talking about birth control for women. New research out of the UNC School of Medicine showed a couple zaps of ultrasound could provide men with an easy form of birth control.

The study was published on Monday in the Reproductive Biology and Endocrinology Journal. Researchers used ultrasound around the testes of rats. After two ultrasound sessions, the rats sperm count fell to zero.

Currently, there are limited options when it come to males and contraception. What could a study like this mean for the future of reproduction and family planning?

Average men and women told News 2 what they thought about the research.

Russell Neenon said, "Science today is amazing but it'll be interesting to see what happens down the road but right now, I got to see some more evidence."

"I don't know that it would actually catch on, or if it did, it would probably be 15 to 20 years from now. I mean I think, historically, people typically assume that a woman is going to be the person that takes a birth control method," said Mary Beth Johnson.

Cline Beam had a different perspective. "There's condoms and there's birth control for women and I think that's where we need to end it."

Shawn Kivett thought about how male birth control could take some of the responsibility off the woman. "We always leave it up to the women, at least I do, so yea, I wouldn't have a problem with it."

The study did mention it its conclusions that more research must be done to make sure the ultrasound is reversible.

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