Men Might Be Able To Switch Their Sperm On And Off!
Men are seriously determined not to wear condoms or get a vasectomy! A combination of science, technology, and men might just make that determination a reality!
Clemens Bimek, a German carpenter, invented a valve that he claims will allow men to control the flow of sperm from their testicles with the flick of a switch located on their scrotum.
That’s right, men would be able to flick their sperm flow on and off easier than flipping between ESPN1 and ESPN2.
According to Telegraph, Bimek told Spiegel magazine that he first got the idea for a switch some 20 years ago when he was watching a documentary about contraception. He started to wonder if you could simply turn the flow of sperm off, like a valve.
Well after discovering that no one ever created such a device he started to develop it himself.
Fast forward to 2016 where his developed prototype is slated to be implanted in 25 different men in trials.
This sperm flow switch could really be happening!
The valves are less than an inch long and weigh less than a tenth of an ounce. They’re surgically implanted on the vas deferens (the ducts that carry sperm from the testicles) and are controlled by a switch just under the skin on the scrotum.
The whole procedure only takes about 30 minutes, and Bimek himself has had one implanted.
Bimek consulted with doctors over the years while developing the valve.
He explains, “Many of the doctors I consulted didn’t take me seriously. But there were some who encouraged me to go on tinkering and helped me with their expertise.”
The response from medical professionals has been mixed.
Hartwig Bauer, the urologist who implanted the valve for Bimek, says that the valve is preferable to a vasectomy.
He told Spiegel, “A third of patients want to have the operation reversed later, but it doesn’t always work.”
Wolfgang Bühmann, spokesman for the Professional Association of German Urologists had some concerns though. “My assessment is that implanting the valve could cause scarring where it meets the vas deferens.”
Scarring could mean a permanent vasectomy whether the switch is open or closed, not to mention the risk of it clogging if it’s left in the off position for too long over time.
The hardware hasn’t been approved by anything just yet, but it’s very real and who knows how the trials will go.
In a few years we might be able to ditch the condoms and birth control pills and just flip a switch instead!