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Brace yourselves, gents, a new male birth control is coming and all it requires is a shot to your scrotum. Okay, I’m not volunteering to be first up, but it’s got to be better than a vasectomy, right?
According to Bloomberg, the new birth control is called reversible inhibition of sperm under guidance, or RISUG, and was pioneered by Sujoy Guha, a 76-year-old biomedical engineer who invented the product at a rural university startup in India.
The procedure is reversible, unlike a vasectomy, so it doesn’t require any snipping of your junk, phew.
Here’s how it works, according to Bloomberg:
Guha’s technique for impairing male fertility relies on a polymer gel that’s injected into the sperm-carrying tubes in the scrotum. The gel, which has the consistency of melted chocolate, carries a positive charge that acts as a buffer on negatively charged sperm, damaging their heads and tails, and rendering them infertile.
After the treatment everything else functions normally, it just means that as the sperm swims through the vas deferens — the tube that brings your sperm from point A, your balls, through point B, your penis, and finally to point C, a vagina, during heterosexual intercourse — they pass the gel, which works like a mesh layer to zap and neutralize the little guys, leaving them left to swim along listlessly, like tiny sailors lost at sea.
The procedure is 98% effective at preventing a pregnancy, which is on par with condoms, without the reduced sensitivity and the awkward feeling of wearing a plastic bag on your dick. Roughly 540 men have undergone the procedure in India, and it continues to prevent pregnancies in their partners 13 years after they’ve received the treatment, according to Bloomberg.
For those who get tired of the thought of their little sailors being zapped and rendered inert, the process is reversible. This requires another shot, which breaks down the polymer gel and flushes it out. But hey, it beats a condom, or the more permanent alternative — a 100 year-old surgery that literally cuts into your genitals.
However, unlike a prophylactic, this won’t keep you safe from any STDs, so when in doubt, don’t be a fool, wrap your tool.
Five people have been indicted in federal court in the Western District of Texas on charges of participating in a scheme to steal millions of dollars from benefits reserved for military members, U.S. Department of Justice officials said Wednesday.
As the military services each roll out new policies regarding hemp-derived products like cannabidiol, or CBD, the Defense Department is not mincing words.
"It's completely forbidden for use by any service member in any of the services at this point of time," said Patricia Deuster, director of the Human Performance Laboratory at the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences in Bethesda, Maryland.
The warning, along with the policies issued recently by the Air Force, Coast Guard and Department of the Navy, comes as CBD is becoming increasingly ubiquitous across the country in many forms, from coffee additives and vaping liquids to tinctures, candies and other foods, carrying promises of health benefits ranging from pain and anxiety relief to sleeping aids and inflammation reduction.
The Navy has fired five senior leaders so far in August – and the month isn't even over.
While the sea service is famous for instilling in officers that they are responsible for any wrongdoing by their sailors – whether they are aware of the infractions or not – the recent rash of firings is a lot, even for the Navy.
A Navy spokesman said there is no connection between any of the five officers relieved of command, adding that each relief is looked at separately.
'We are a people organization' — Army leaders push renewed focus on soldiers amid rise in sexual assaults and suicides
After months of focusing on modernization priorities, Army leadership plans to tackle persisting personnel issues in the coming years.
Acting Army Secretary Ryan McCarthy said Tuesday at an event with the Foundation for Defense of Democracies that what people can to hear service leadership "talk a lot about ... our people. Investing in our people, so that they can reach their potential. ... We are a people organization."
Two U.S. military service members were killed in Afghanistan on Wednesday, the Resolute Support mission announced in a press release.
Their identities are being withheld pending notification of next of kin, the command added.
A total of 16 U.S. troops have died in Afghanistan so far in 2019. Fourteen of those service members have died in combat including two service members killed in an apparent insider attack on July 29.
Two U.S. troops in Afghanistan have been killed in non-combat incidents and a sailor from the aircraft carrier USS Abraham Lincoln was declared dead after falling overboard while the ship was supporting operations in Afghanistan.
At least two defense contractors have also been killed in Afghanistan. One was a Navy veteran and the other had served in the Army.