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Is that a phaser in your pocket, or are you just glad to see me?

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	China develops electronic contraceptive for men

March 15, 1998
Web posted at: 12:14 p.m. EST (1714 GMT)

BEIJING (Reuters)

It is the size of a pager, fits in a man's underwear and emits electronic
pulses -- and it is a new male contraceptive developed in China.  The device
patented by a researcher in the central city of Xi'an emits sperm-killing
pulses that can render a man sterile for up to a month, the official Xinhua
news agency said on Sunday.  "The gadget can be placed in the user's
underwear, where it transmits pulses into the body to autonomic nerves which
change the sperm's habitat," Xinhua said.  Turning the device on the target
area for one hour was enough to cause sterility for one month, it quoted
inventor Yang Xiyong as saying. Full fertility would return two months after
the person stopped using the device, the agency said.  The contraceptive
will soon be available in stores, and Xinhua hinted marketers may be eyeing
overseas buyers. It "tends to be easily accepted by men of various cultural
backgrounds," the agency said.

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