Male Fertility Implant

Trials are currently about to take place for a new implant which will be capable of enabling men to get their fertility under control with only the flick of one switch.

The trials will be introducing the Bimek SLV which is only an on and off switch. It will be placed surgically inside the male scrotum for blocking semen. This comes as a rather reversible option of contraception for males who previously had the limited options of using condoms or getting vasectomy.

How Does It Work?

The valve is embedded in the spermatic ducts of the individual under local anaesthesia. Once set up, it takes three to six months for sperm to clear from the seminal organs and prostate.

To turn on the valve the individual basically feels for the switch through his skin and presses. This anticipates sperm leaving the testicles to blend with seminal liquid. Sperm is then reabsorbed into the body as it is after a vasectomy.

So far the strategy has just been tried on the creator who has utilized it since 2009, however specialists are now partitioned over its potential adequacy. Dr Wolfgang Bühmann, representative for the Society of German Urologists, cautioned that the valve might prompt scar tissue development and in the long run lead to infertility.

The Implications

Similarly as with all contraceptives alternatives there are advantages and disadvantages.


Successful But Reversible: Currently men have the decision of utilizing a condom or experiencing a vasectomy to control fertility, however this valve gives a practical reversible choice.

Urologist Hartwig Bauer says the innovation is ‘significantly more adaptable than vasectomies… 33% of all patients might want to have such operations turned around at a later date. In any case, it doesn’t generally work.’

Usability: Its creator asserts that once set up it will work uncertainly.

Decision: In monogamous connections, the Bimek valve could possibly be a helpful preventative option. At present the onus is on ladies to manage family arranging, yet not all ladies can or need to take hormone-based contraceptives and disinfection for ladies is irreversible, and on top of that it requires a general sedative and recuperation time.

The valve gives a chance to men to take control of their fertility. Neglecting to utilize a condom on an inebriated night, or in warmth of enthusiasm, could be consigned to the past.

No Hormones: There are no hormones included, which makes reactions improbable – despite the fact that this will be examined in the present trials.


More STIs: Will the valve proclaim a flood of STIs? With bacterial imperviousness to anti-microbials an overall concern, empowering unprotected sex could be seen as flighty.

Pregnancy aversion is a high need and, without apprehension of imagining, individuals might have unprotected sex. This could prompt the spread of STIs, which, as indicated by Public Health England, are as of now on the ascent, especially gonorrhoea.

Arranging Is Required: Three to six months are expected to clear sperm from the fundamental tubes, so it isn’t an on/off prompt preventative like a condom.

The Bimek SLV has its place. It’s possibly a decent decision for long haul couples with trusting without STI connections, yet for single men maybe it isn’t the best choice. All things considered, it adds to the scope of accessible contraception and decision is constantly welcome.

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