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Birth control pills are the prophylactic of choice for many American women, but some say that the daily routine is difficult to keep up with. Now, new drugs, implants and gels designed for use in men have shown potential for their efficacy and appeal.
A recent article published in the New York Times highlighted several new discoveries that U.S. men have shown an interest in.
One of these is an implantable device that is inserted into a male's arm and releases hormones throughout the body to inhibit sperm production.
"Guys like it because they can show it off. [It's] proof that the male is contracepting," said Dr. John K. Amory, a reproductive scientist at the University of Washington, quoted by the news source.
Although these new advancements may be found to be useful in preventing unwanted pregnancy, they do not protect against sexually transmitted diseases (STDs). Therefore, individuals who have intercourse outside of long-term, committed relationships may consider using condoms in addition to other means of contraception.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention states that consistent and correct condom use is the best way for sexually active individuals to avoid STDs.
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