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New Contraception Options

by Monica J. Smith

Hormonal male birth control
Although they are a long way from being commercially available, there is a possibility of some hormone-based forms of male birth control in the future. The most promising method so far involves a combination of testosterone implants that are replaced every four or six months with injections of progestin every three months. This combination effectively turns off sperm production for the duration of its use, and is completely reversed within six to 12 months after the treatment is discontinued. In a recent study, 55 couples used this method as their only form of birth control for a year and no pregnancies resulted.

Expanding options
Choosing whether and when to have a baby is a major decision. Having a reliable method of birth control lets you make that decision when you’re ready. The growing number of contraceptive choices on the market should make it easier to find one that meets your needs. If you choose to use a method that requires a doctor’s prescription, make sure the prescribing doctor knows about your diabetes, how you treat it, any other medical conditions you may have, and any drugs you may take. Women with diabetes who feel they are ready to start a family or have another child should talk to their health-care provider about preconception planning to make sure they are ready physically as well as emotionally.

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