• UW Medicine launching male birth control study

    By: KIRO 7 News Staff

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    The University of Washington School of Medicine is one of three sites in the United States enrolling couples in the first clinical trial testing the efficacy of male contraception. 

    The contraception, in the form of a gel, is applied to the man's shoulders. The study looks at whether application of the gel can prevent pregnancy for a year. 

    The trial is being conducted jointly by the Population Council, the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development, and the Los Angeles Biomedical Research Institute. 

    According to a press release from UW, studies have shown that more than half of men would use a male contraceptive is it was reversible and uncomplicated. 

    KIRO 7's Joanna Small is working on the story for 5:15 p.m. Watch on TV or at this link

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