Good-bye vasectomy, hello sperm switch

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ST. LOUIS, MO. (KTVI)- A new method of birth control created by a German inventor may soon give men the chance to 'turn off' their fertility.

The Bimek SLV, also known as the "sperm switch", was created by German inventor Clemens Bimek. By flipping the 'closed' switch in the scrotum, men can cease the flow of sperm*. With another flip the flow of sperm can resume.

To explain what the sperm switch means for men considering sterility, Dr. Elan Simckes of the Fertility Partnership sat down with Pertz this morning.

The product offers an alternative to the traditional vasectomy method when considering sterility. The sperm switch comes as many men try to take personal control of their own contraceptives. The only other alternative to cutting the flow of sperm is a vasectomy, which requires surgery that may be permanent and irreversible.

The sperm switch is inserted into the man's scrotum through outpatient surgery. When the device is closed, the switch diverts sperm the flow of sperm back to the man's testicles. With the flip of the switch the flow of sperm can be turned back on.

The company behind the switch claims the procedure takes approximately 30 minutes, is hormone-free and will work for life.

*It is important to note some sperm will remain after the switch is closed for approximately 30 ejaculations, or three months. To be completely sure of sterility it is essential that you undergo a sperm analysis, or spermiogram, with a urologist. This is the only way to be 100% sure.