Male Contraceptive Wins Big

A “testicle bath” for male contraception took home top honors at the Germany’s James Dyson Awards.
 
Hormone-free and reversible, the ultrasound device uses “deep heat” to temporarily stop sperm in their tracks, preventing them from fertilizing a female egg.
 
The mastermind: Rebecca Weiss, a  University of Munich industrial design graduate, came up with the idea after being diagnosed with precursor cervical cancer after taking a birth control pill that can elevate chances of contracting the disease.
 
“When my partner and I were looking for an alternative method, we became aware of the lack of male contraceptives,” she said.
 
The next step: Secure funding for clinical trials.
 
The innovation will now compete for the international James Dyson Award, which comes with a $55,358 prize.
 
NZ Herald

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