Where the rubber hits the road
Nowadays, condoms come in a variety of shapes, sizes, colors, and flavors, and there are even male and female styles now. There are small ones, huge ones, skinny ones, grape, green, glowing, or peppermint candy ones; from latex to lamb skin – you name it, and there’s one probably out there. Most women appreciate great sex, and the sperm stopping power of condoms, but scoff at the ribbing, bumps, bulges, and gadgets that men have designed into the rubber as ineffective. Birth control pills while doing the best to prevent toddlers in the house, do nothing to stop sexually transmitted diseases, and they have negative consequences for women when it comes to lowering testosterone and increasing risks of stroke. Wouldn’t it be great if we could find a birth control pill for men? Well, there soon could be, and it is a natural approach!
Are you on the pill?
If you were designing the perfect contraceptive, it would be amazing if you could find one men could take. Something natural, and easy to use, that doesn’t cause a lack of sensation on the private parts, won’t slip off, or break, and normal fertility can be restored soon after drug administration is terminated. Is this a pipe dream or possible? Read on – you may be surprised!
Nutcracker – great ballet, poor birth control choice
Old school birth control aka getting “racked”. The testicles are quite the manufacturing plant – making not only testosterone hormone, but also sperm. We do know that trauma can have a negative impact on the production of both hormones, and any boy can easily recall a time when they had a significant pain in the shorts after some kind of accident. Vitamins and minerals have a huge impact on the quality and quantity of male hormone production, but who knew that by blocking them you could literally castrate a man! I guess scientists have know this for over a century but I must have missed that memo!
Do you have your A game?
As I mentioned, scientists have known for almost 100 years that depriving an animal of dietary vitamin A causes male sterility. Only recently has technology afforded us the ability to block a single nutrient from being able to get inside the cell to do it’s job. The brain of the cell – the nucleus, requires a code to allow entrance inside. If we jam the lock which is RAR alpha (a nuclear receptor) Vitamin A cannot get in, and that results in male infertility. Vitamin A is one of four fat soluble vitamins and one of 13 essential vitamins your body needs for health. It is an important nutrient and in third world countries, children that don’t get enough vitamin A get a condition called xerophthalmia that causes permanent blindness - see www.isightproject.org for more information on that tragedy. You can donate to help that cause if you would like.
Tied up in nuts (knots)
For those who don’t want to block their vitamin or slap on a condom – vasectomies seem like a good idea, right? Well, sperm stoppage is a war that rages on, and while it seems to be possible to create a temporary or permanent block of the fluid of life, many would love to find a natural way to block sperm without causing loss of the feeling of the sex act, or having a portion of their body cut in two. If we could target men rather than women, and make it convenient and reversible – that would be something. I am convinced by my medical practice experience, that men who get vasectomies, seem to encounter significant problems with low testosterone (low-T) a few years after the operation, despite the pre-surgical information that states it will not affect anything but sperm blocking.
May have to chew your arm off in the morning
I wonder what is going to happen if we block vitamin A to get birth control, and then the lack of vitamin A causes vision problems. Gees, guys might get even worse cases of Beer Googles. This could be very dangerous! At least no love babies will be made from having thirteen too many beers, and three Tequila shots- that could be a plus!
Time to go take my vitamins,
Dr. Darrin Frye