New Male Contraception Video

This health video focuses on the developments being made into new contraceptives for men.
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Jennifer Matthews: Days like these make Quentin Brown happy he's a dad. Quentin Brown: There's nothing like being a dad. I'm very lucky to have the three children that I have. At this point, today, I'm not looking to have another family, but you never know. Jennifer Matthews: With that uncertainty in mind, Quentin joined a study on a new type of male contraception; an option for men, Doctor Christina Wang says, is overdue. Christina Wang: There is really two methods; the use of the condom and vasectomy . Jennifer Matthews: Condoms have a user-failure rate of up to 12 percent. Vasectomies are considered permanent. Dr. Wang says women shouldn't be the only ones with multiple options. Christina Wang: We think that male should - firstly should take part in the family planning responsibility, so having children is the couple's responsibility. Jennifer Matthews: To give men more say in the matter, Dr. Wang is studying implantable rods that contain testosterone and progestin. Together those hormones suppress sperm production. This is normal sperm activity. After the implants, those sperm are all but eliminated. Quentin had the rods implanted in his arm and applauds the research. Quentin Brown: I've heard too many times where, 'Oh, she said she was on the pill!' You know, how many times have we heard that? It puts it into your hands. You decide now . Jennifer Matthews: Having that security leaves Quentin with peace of mind and it will likely do the same for the next generation of men. This is Jennifer Matthews reporting.

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