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Remote-controlled sex just took on a whole new meaning

Sharing remote controlRemote controls and sex go together, like, well… remote controls and sex. What did you think this article was about?? Get your mind out of the gutter, we’re talking about science here!

That being said, sometimes science is a little risqué. And we love it that way! Take this new research, which definitely thinks outside the box. And as an added bonus, this science will likely improve the sex lives of a LOT of people.

Researchers are testing a remote-controlled birth control implant. This implant can last up to 16 years, and can be turned on and off with (you guessed it) a remote control. When the device is on, an electric charge melts the seal on the hormone reservoir, releasing the daily dose of levonorgestrel into the body. If the patient want to try to conceive, they simply turn the device off with their remote.

This would be a great long-term option for birth control because it would eliminate the potential for error that is common with current methods. It could also make a big difference in countries where birth control options are limited.

The implant has been tested in humans to deliver daily osteoporosis medication, and animal trials are underway for the hormone-delivering version. The goal is to have the device available by 2018. What do you think? Would you bring this particular remote control into YOUR sex life?


Birth control pills… for men!

iStock_000028100444XSmallIn the past, attempts at a male contraceptive pill were centered on altering hormones or affecting sperm production. Both of those methods could potentially cause negative long-term effects on fertility, as well as impact sexual performance.

But researchers in Australia have had great success with male birth control attempts in mice. There are two proteins that are responsible for transporting sperm during ejaculation, and by using genetically modified mice that have these proteins blocked, researchers found that the males were infertile but their sexual performance and sperm viability were normal! Translation: the sperm is there, it’s just not going anywhere.

The goal is to replicate this process chemically in an attempt to block these same proteins, with the goal of creating a daily oral contraceptive that would have completely reversible side effects. While in this study, mouse infertility was not reversible, the theory is that a contraceptive could be developed that would act on these proteins while in the patient’s system but then be fully reversible once the patient stopped taking it- similar to oral contraceptives for use in women. It’s possible that a safe, reversible oral contraceptive for men could be available within 10 years. Pretty cool!