Who Needs Condoms When You Can Switch Off Your Sperm At The Flick Of A Switch?
Women being the only ones responsible for birth control is slowly becoming a thing of the past. But this weird new sperm switch not only promises to “make contraception a man’s business” it’ll allow you to turn your fertility on and off whenever you want. Yes, just like a robot man of the future.
That moment you realize neither party has contraception, and the game is over? Total bummer. But it could soon be a thing of the past thanks to a device that can be fitted inside your body and literally switch your sperm production off.
The contraceptive contraption, designed by German inventor Clemens Bimek, supposedly allows men to block their sperm from mixing with semen before ejaculation. It works in a similar way to a vasectomy, where the tubes carrying sperm are closed or blocked, and instead the body absorbs the sperm it releases. But vasectomies aren’t easy to reverse, and in some cases attempts to do so don’t work.
Bimek hopes his eponymous Bimek SLV will give men their own option of contraception, instead of having to go down the more drastic route. So how does it work? Well, brace yourself.
The SLV is inserted into the man during a 30-minute procedure under local anaesthetic, and the switch can be flicked through the scrotum skin. Yes, through the scrotum skin. We’re not making this up. If nothing else, it serves as a great excuse for being caught ‘mid-fiddle’.
It has a valve that’s mounted on each spermatic duct, and when the switch is closed it stops the flow of sperm from entering the semen that is then ejaculated during sex.
When the time is right and you want a baby, you can turn the valve again so sperm is released during ejaculation.
Unfortunately for Bimek – and horny-but-not-broody men everywhere – there are a few roadblocks. The device has yet to be approved for sale to the public. Bimek himself has the device fitted, but he still needs to test it on volunteers in clinical trials.
And there’s also the fact that condoms remain the only contraceptive to guard against STIs.