Andro-switch Pack & Activist Networks

Androswitch - male contraception

 

Guide to navigating this website

This website is dedicated to the sale of the thermal ring. Quickly browsing through the tabs will give you a general picture of what Andro-switch is all about and how male thermal contraception with testicle lifting actually works.

Educational tools (videos, animations, documents) are available on our website to guide you in using the ring.

All explanatory videos are to be found under the TUTORIALS tab.

Articles lead to the blog, which explores this contraception method in deeper details and shares general thoughts about the levers and obstacles to the rise of boy/girl equality when it comes to contraceptive responsibility:

The many free tools at your disposal will allow you to make this practice your own in the best possible conditions:

Linking social entities, synergy and ascending subsidiarity:

  • Institutional
  • Associative
  • Entrepreneurial
  • Individual

The Andro-switch Pack

The Andro-switch Pack comprises all the information you will need to practice male thermal contraception with the ring. For other technical data regarding other tools (models: briefsjock-strap, bra, or any other DIY), please reach out to ARDECOM.

Thoreme makes the Andro-switch Pack (PDF format) available for free download. It comprises:

Summary of the tool, its characteristics and the MTC protocol

Step by step guide to putting the ring on and taking it off. A phase of sensitisation and exploration of your own body is offered at the beginning. 

A table guides you in finding the model that suits you best.

The MTC medical protocol as well as that of male hormonal contraception, scientifically and medically approved.

Understanding all about the control tool you will be using regularly to check your sperm count is lower than the the official contraceptive threshold (WHO 2010) of 1 million/ml.

3 explanatory pages, 3 levels of complexity to approach the method, the physiology, the appointments you need to schedule, aiming to improve your knowledge of the subject and thus your observance.

The certificates of the silicone used proving its CE standards and biocompatibility for extended skin contact as well as its technical characteristics.

To be read! It contains a wealth of information that you and your partner should get acquainted with.

Keep these documents on hand one way or another. They will allow you to grasp all the subtleties of MTC and of the thermal ring itself and will constitute a wealth of information that you will need to refer to while practising MTC. You do not need to understand every piece of information from the documents before you start getting contracepted.

Click on the following image to get them all in one file: ANDRO-SWITCH PACK.

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Activist networks:

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ARDECOM (Research and development organisation for male contraception) : Since 1977, men stemming from support groups have been advocating for equality between both genders through equal sharing of the risks and responsibilities. They have initiated the thermal and hormonal contraceptive approaches that are available in France today. Excerpt from the AFC (French contraception organisation) Newsletter "Male contraception: a highly topical issue", Oct. 2018.

They are advocating for:

  • Developing a medical contraception option for men
  • Making alternate contraception possible between men and women

The ARDECOM charter (available soon) defines its frame and goals:

  • Provide the most complete and neutral information possible so that everybody has access to all the elements needed to make their own, free choices.
  • Define the right and access to temporary or permanent contraception options and to abortion but also to reproduction.
  • Consider male contraception as a tool to deconstruct patriarchy.
  • Encourage male empowerment so that men can take over these areas of their emotional and sexual life or their parenthood.
  • Collaborate with medical and government institutions as well as with companies offering contraceptive devices.

ARDECOM wishes:

  • to implement trainings in male contraception for healthcare providers (that could be lead by Dr Soufir and Dr Mieusset from the French-speaking Andrology Society);
  • to spread information regarding male contraception in planning centres (Family Planning and others) and in training centres for teenagers; to create male contraception consultations;
  • to create a network of doctors prescribing it in different regions.

THOMAS BOULOU: “The male collective who got together to take their responsibilities as guys in managing the risks and consequences of their emotional and sexual lives. Informing and discussing this matter provides everyone with a better understanding of the gender-based social relations we are surrounded with: this is the contribution it intends on making.”

The collective has two main goals:

  • To provide mutual support to individual contraception endeavours and beyond: support to manage sexually transmitted diseases and infections and emotional relationships, encourage men to speak and share, support relationships between men and women, support feminism...
  • To bring these topics to the public sphere, drawing on concrete actions and everyone’s experience to ease access to testicular contraception methods.”

Excerpt from the May 2018 Thomas Bouloù pamphlet

Download the “Post-Workshop” document made by the collective with the main practical questions regarding the DIY models. It also explores in concrete aspects the possible adjustments to the medical protocol. Find it here for free: Analyse des pratiques Thomas Bouloù 2018.pdf

Download the free Matron_RCT Thomas Bouloù 2018.pdf  document made by the collective to create your own testicular-lifting device step by step.

The Pointpointpoint.org project is a collective and collaborative endeavour focusing on experiments, research and documentation on desire, erotism and sexualities. Here you can fin all of the Thomas Boulou documents and tutorials for instance.

Where can I see the thermal ring and other testicle-lifting devices and try them out?

Get in touch with ARDECOM and its local groups or the THOMAS BOULOU collective

Where can I learn about male thermal contraception methods with testicle lifting?

Consult you general practitioner or get in touch with a Family Planning centre (Feminist and popular education movement), or with one of the planning or family education centres.

Activist networks such as ARDECOM and its local groups or the THOMAS BOULOU collective will also be able to provide you with information.

This video by andrologist R. Mieusset, founder of MTC, explains the protocol in 2 minutes.

video by endocrinologist JC. Soufir, founder of the male hormonal contraception in France, discusses how it works, its history and the need for social pressure in order for male/female equality regarding contraception to become a reality.

You can visit the following pages:

R. Mieusset, Présentation de la Contraception masculine thermique

R. Mieusset & JC. Soufir, Guide pratique d’une contraception masculine hormonale ou thermique

Association française d’urologie: Contraceptions masculines non déférentielles

SALF: Société d'Andrologie de Langue Française

Wikipedia: Male Contraceptives

Wikipedia: Male Thermal Contraception

Wikipedia: Cryptorchidie artificielle

If after you have browsed through all of these questions and done your research you still don’t have an answer to your question, e-mail us at client.service@thoreme.org. An Andro-switch expert with several years of experience in nursing care will get back to you.

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