Remote Control Sperm

Posted by on January 28th, 2008 in body mods, cyborging, health, sex

Controlling male fertility has been a quest for hundreds of years, but it took the Australians to figure out all you really need is a remote control.

From New Scientist:

“A radio-controlled contraceptive implant that could control the flow of sperm from a man’s testicles is being developed by scientists in Australia.  The device is placed inside the vas deferens – the duct which carries sperm from each testicle to the penis. When closed, it blocks the flow of sperm cells, allowing them to pass again when it is opened via a remote control. The valve could be a switchable alternative to vasectomy, the researchers say.

The team from the University of Adelaide, Australia, have designed a small radio-controlled valve that would “push-fit” snugly inside the vas deferens and block the passage of sperm. The silicone-polymer valve can be flipped between open and closed positions with a pulse of radio waves.

To secure the device against accidental activation, the device works in a similar way to a car’s remote key-fob. Each valve responds only to a radio-frequency signal with a unique code.

Another advantage of the microvalve is that would not require open surgery, unlike a vasectomy. The 800 micron-long device could simply be inserted using a hypodermic needle.”

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8 Responses to “Remote Control Sperm”

  1. Did they just mix the terms simple, hypodermic needle in reference to my penis?

  2. Considering how easily hackable most remote car starters are, the analogy sounds very ominous when applied to contraception. I can just imagine some pro-life nutjob zapping passers-by with an all-frequencies baby-unlocker.

  3. @Geoff Contraception-B-Gone?! :D

  4. I was just talking to my boyfriend the other night about how fucking creepy sperm are, all autonomous and running around, wondering why someone hasn’t wrangled them up somehow. How hard could it be…? So yeah, this is a nice solution.

    @JayC: Cowboy up. Have you ever seen a speculum? The ratcheting sound alone would make most men pale, hyperventilate and fall like a domino. In case you aren’t aware, it mechanically *cranks open* the cervix for various fucked up reasons. Men are such babies about their junk.

  5. [...] RC Helicopters wrote an interesting post today onHere’s a quick excerpt“A radio-controlled contraceptive implant that could control the flow of sperm from a man’s testicles is being developed by scientists in Australia. The device is placed inside the vas deferens – the duct which carries sperm from each … [...]

  6. There something about ‘Can be inserted using a hypodermic needle’ that makes me cross my legs really tight.

  7. Ya, the hypodermic needle makes me wona scream. not between my legs

  8. Ok.. here’s the choice then.. get sliced and diced, then stitched back up, OR, get poked. Man up, lol. It’d be nice for men to be able to contribute to the birth control efforts.. maybe the number of female cancer patients will start going down..