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Catherine McDiarmid-Watt | Saturday, November 17, 2007 | 0 comments

BEIJING - Chinese doctors have developed a new technique in birth control surgery for men that could be made available to the public next year, the China Daily said on Thursday.

The method involves making a small incision along the testicle into which doctors place a tiny tube.

"The tube functions as a filter that blocks sperm," Wu Weixiong, the director of Guangzhou Family Planning Technology Center, said was quoted as saying.

The technique, which is reversible by simply taking out the tube, had been patented and the health department would promote it as soon as it is approved by the National Food and Drug Administration, Zhu Jiaming, the vice-president of the Guangzhou Sexology Association, said.

"The success rate for this form of birth control is 97 percent," he said.

Wu said the operation took just 10 minutes.

"However, it is very difficult and requires highly skilled doctors," the newspaper said.




About Catherine: I am mom to three grown sons, two grandchildren and two rescue dogs. After years of raising my boys as a single mom, I remarried a wonderful man who had never had a child of his own. Unexpectedly, I found myself pregnant at 49!
Sadly we lost that precious baby at 8 weeks, and decided to try again. Five more losses, turned down for donor egg, foster care and adoption due to my age and losses - we have accepted that there will be no more babies in our house.

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