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New Male Contraceptive Device Works By Having Users Dunk Their Testicles In Ultrasonic Water

After having plenty of contraceptive methods available for females, it is about time there were more choices for male contraceptive options. Currently, there are only 2 known and accepted methods, condoms or undergoing vasectomies.

Sadly, condoms are not 100% effective at preventing pregnancies, while vasectomies are proven to be too invasive for some. Apparently, there were other experimental methods like the contraceptive pills for males, but it failed to catch on or prove that it is safe enough for widespread use.

However, a designer recently came up with a potential new contraceptive method which is an ultrasound therapy for the testicles - yes, the testicles! The device is called COSO, conceptualised by German design graduate, Rebecca Weiss. Weiss also won a spot in the James Dyson Award's International Top 20 for her submission which works by having the user dip their testicles in a bowl of water with ultrasound waves.

The device was said to be simple enough to use, users only need to fill the bowl-shaped space with water, turn it on, and then wait for the water to reach optimal temperature before dunking their testicles in it for a couple of minutes. The testicles will then be gently zapped with ultrasonic waves which work to prevent the production of sperm cells for a period of time.

"About a year ago I was diagnosed with cancer precursor cervix due to contraception with the pill. After that, hormonal contraception was no longer an option. When my partner and I were looking for an alternative method, we became aware of the lack of male contraceptives. So I decided to deal with the development of a new contraceptive approach for men in my master thesis in Industrial Design at the Technical University in Munich," Weiss explained.

COSO team involved no less than 422 males for the design process. The participants shared their thoughts in a survey regarding what they envisioned what would be the ideal male contraceptive. The final design was then based on the feedback received, which was described as "a user-friendly contraceptive approach that is easy to use without any kind of physical intervention, pain, or previously known side effects."

That said, the COSO device is currently only tested on animals, although the immediate future should see a functional prototype produced, with further planning including seeking financial backing for clinical trials and mass production.

What do you think of this device?


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