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Hi, I have read things about this online for a while and was wondering what you at scarleteen though about wet heat used for male contraception.

There some info on it and it sounds pretty legit. A doctor in the 1920's tracked 9 men over 10 years who used wet heat (warm water) on their testicles for 45 minutes a day for 3 weeks, this resulted in about 6 months of infertility.

I can completely understand why it hasn't taken off here because it isn't advertised because there is no money to be made from it. That is if it works. Here is some of the material I've read.,4,4

I think it would be interesting as a secondary birth control method especially for those who need something cheap or 'natural'. I think using fertility awareness (abstaining from sex or using condoms during fertile times) and wet heat method together would be really inexpensive and natural. I know it would probably not be good for teen use, just like fertility awareness. But it would be helpful to know about.

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I'll be honest, I haven't read a ton about this "method" per say.

However, from what I have seen, I am concerned with the low number of participants the data is based on. Yes, there is some indication that exposure to high temperatures may influence male fertility. But the samples I've seen used in many of these studies have been far too small and not terribly varied in terms of age, overall health status, previous fertility, etc. Nor does it seem that science has a good handle on EXACTLY how this works, how long it will work for, what the long-term effects might be, etc. So until there are some really broad studies about this, I would not personally be comfortable with it myself (nor with recommending it to others).

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Yeah, that sounds about right. I wish someone would do a study on it, but it's so unpopular because it's unpleasant and wouldn't profit anyone. Oh well.
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Well, we have study on NFP and it's free.

However, I'm guessing why we're not seeing more study on this is...well, let's look at it. The temps suggested for this are very high: I don't imagine that would be comfortable, and would also be mighty tough to even sustain for 45 minutes a day.

In addition, we don't have any method yet that requires that kind of time commitment daily. A lot of people have trouble with charting fertility and that only takes around a minute a day. 45 minutes a day -- for something that is likely to be very uncomfortable -- is a LOT of time. I imagine the typical-use failure rate for this would be pretty astronomical, far higher than the typical use rates for anything else we currently have, and probably to the point that the risk of pregnancy in typical use from this kind of method and no method would probably be identical.

If someone was looking to combine something with FAM that was equally "natural" and also free, withdrawal would seem a much more sensible and comfortable choice.

But the geek in me appreciated this post, regardless. [Smile]

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