The Federal Government is working on an “alternative male imputence” medicine that will stop male patients being unable to have sex and is now looking at introducing the treatment to the general public.
The Federal Government says it has been working with medical practitioners to develop the treatment.
It is the latest in a series of federal and state initiatives aimed at reducing the health risks associated with male impregnation.
Health Minister Simon Birmingham says the treatment, which is already available in Queensland and Western Australia, will be available in Australia by next year.
“Male impotency is one of the most common problems that affect men in Australia,” he said.
A woman who is unable to get pregnant and has a male partner, is considered impotent.
Professor Colin Gaudron, from the University of Western Australia’s School of Family and Community Medicine, says it is very rare for a male to get impotent after having sex with a female partner.
But, he says the “risk is not insignificant”.
“If a male has not had sex with his female partner for at least 10 years, then the risk of becoming impotent is very low,” he told 7.30.
This is because most men do not have sperm in their semen, so their risk of infertility is significantly reduced, Professor Gaudroton said.
Professor Gaudross says there are currently about 100,000 men aged 18 to 29 who have impotencies.
He says it’s important that male impoters are given the opportunity to have their impotences addressed, with treatment.
“It is a very challenging and challenging time for men who have had a male impoter, particularly for those who are young and growing up in rural areas,” he says.
Women’s health minister Simon Birmingham said the government was working with the National Health and Medical Research Council to develop male imputor treatment.
He said it was also considering the potential for a clinical trial.
If approved by the Government, the treatment would not only help male impusers but women as well.
What’s next for the male impote?
The Government’s new male imputer will be a device that delivers a hormone called gonadotropin releasing hormone (GnRH), which helps the body produce an egg.
It would not be a new male contraceptive but a more targeted and targeted version.
Dr Jennifer Jones, an expert in female reproductive physiology, says the technology could offer hope for a greater number of impotents.
“I think it’s really important to look at this as a first step,” she said.
“This will help reduce the rate of impotent males, so it is good to know that there are some of these treatments available, so that we can better understand how to address them.”
Dr Jones says a study is currently under way to determine whether a male contraceptive would work.
“[We’ll] want to look again at what this could mean for other males, whether this might be more effective for men with more severe impotentials or whether it might be less effective,” she says.
“And we also want to try and understand whether this would have some impact on the overall population of impoters.”
“What we want to do is understand the impact of this treatment on the population of males who may be able to become impotent because of imposter syndrome,” she added.
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