I just received my Andro-switch.
A summary of the 4 main septs of the MTC protocol:
- Make an appointment with your general practitioner to have your first pre-contraceptive visit and get a prescription for a seminogram that you will need to do before you start following the male thermal contraception medical protocol. This method is only addressed to those whose spermatic parameters fall within the WHO 2010 standards. (Seize the occasion to do a complete health check.)
- If everything’s ok and with your GP’s approval, start following the 15 hours a day, 7 days a week protocol. You are not contracepted until your sperm count is below 1 million/ml. Remember that spermatozoa production is an ongoing process but that it takes 3 months for a spermatozoon to become mature. During this period of time, double your contraception method and only stop it with your doctor’s approval.
- Once you are contracepted, you will need to do a quarterly check with a seminogram. If your sperm count gets higher than 1 million/ml, immediately double your contraceptive method and check again the following month. It is really important to make sure the testes are maintained above the ring, at the root of the penis for the method to be effective. The method can be used for up to four years maximum since reversibility in terms of sperm parameters and fertility has been acknowledged for this period of time. If you want to remain contracepted after that, please see your doctor. Whatever the contraception method, it is important to change regularly.
- Once you wish to stop using this method, tell your GP, stop wearing the ring and use another contraception method. Wait for 3 months, which is the average time for spermaotozoa to be renewed, do a seminogram and with your doctor’s approval you can start planning on conceiving a child if you so wish or use a different contraception method.
What should I do first?
Congratulation for taking the plunge!
Just with like anything new; wearing the thermal ring and practising male thermal contraception with testicle lifting (MTC) may require a periode of adjustment. The gesture will come naturally soon enough.
Here are the steps to get started with Andro-switch:
- Prepare your thermal ring.
- Before you use your Andro-switch for the first time, you can boil it or wash it with a gentle soap and lukewarm water. To learn more about how to clean your thermal ring, refer to the Care & Sports FAQ section.
- When first starting to practice male thermal contraception, it is recommended to do the first placement with your general practitioner.
- Take your time.
- Using male thermal contraception requires you to wear the ring 15 hours a day, every day.
- You have all the time you need to get used to it.
- The right moves may come naturally from the very first time, but you may also need a few trials to get used to it. If you feel tense or frustrated, don't insist. Put your thermal ring away and try again later.
If you are using it for the first time, it is advised to start wearing the thermal ring as follows:
- Days 1 and 2: 2 hours out of 24
- Days 3 and 4: 4 hours out of 24
- Days 5 and 5: 10 hours out of 24
- Day 7 and onward: 15 hours out of 24
Note: correctly wearing the ring according to the male thermal contraception protocol does not guarantee contraception from the first day of use.
Please note that practising male thermal contraception requires you to wear the thermal ring daily. This implies that if your device gets lost for over 24 hours, you will not be considered contracepted any more. Consider always having 2 rings on hand or any other testicle-lifting tool to avoid any problems.
Read the instructions.
This can sound obvious but some Andro-switch users are so eager to use their thermal ring that they forget to read the instructions for use. This guide includes clear graphics and illustrations and provides advice to solve some of the most common problems. If you encounter any problems, read it again.
How to put the thermal ring on and take it off?
To place the ring optimally, see the Placement & Removal section and seek advice from your doctor.
And of course if you need any help, you can reach us at firstname.lastname@example.org
How to choose your size?
There are five sizes available, and even though there is only a few millimetres difference between each model, it can be a game changer for a good, safe and efficient positioning. Find out how to choose the right size for you in the Which model to choose section and seek advice from your doctor.
Once in place, will the thermal ring slide off?
First of all, make sure your Andro-switch is in contact with your pubis (the area just above your penis) and your perineum (the area between your anus and the scrotum).
Remember that once it is on, the skin around the thermal ring must be slightly stretched. Make sure it is the case around the 2 inguinal folds, the pubis and the perineum.
The testicles must be in the inguinal sac, which means they are above the thermal ring.
If the size is right, the thermal ring should stay in place for the whole day.
Depending on the activities you are having, you may need to check that the thermal ring hasn’t moved down a little bit. If so, apply the testicle-lifting protocol once again with the thermal ring.
Finally, the thermal ring holds best on a dry skin. For activities involving water or causing heavy sweating in the pubis, inguinal folds and perineum area, you will need t check the position of the Andro-switch more often. If needed, pat the pubis, inguinal folds and perineum area dry, as well as the thermal ring.
I forgot to wear my ring for a day, what should I do?
If you forgot to wear the thermal ring for more than one day over a thirty-day period, seek advice from your doctor or pharmacist. If you forgot to wear the thermal ring for more than one day or if you are having a doubt, it is advised to use another contraception method while you check that you are below the contraceptive threshold of 1 million speratozoa/ml with a seminogram the following month.
Do I need to wear it for 15 consecutive hours?
Not necessarily, since the protocol mentions exposure for 15 hours out of 24. You can totally break this exposure time up. What’s important is for your testicles to be exposed for 15 hours out of 24, 7 days a week.
Will my testicles go back down?
One you take the thermal ring off, your testicles will naturally slide back down into the scrotum. This is painless.
Is it discreet?
The Andro-switch thermal ring is invisible underneath your clothes. It is 100% discreet.
Is it easy?
Once you get the hang of the placement and MTC protocol, this contraception method is easy to use.
Can I urinate, have sex or wash myself with it on?
Of course! Don't change any of your daily habits! This tool is flexible and elastic enough for you to have erections and urinate normally, and it will not hinder your movements. Remember it doesn’t have a pressuring effect like the cockring does. Your penis is like a sponge that fills with blood when in erection. Andro-switch is designed to maintain a normal venous flow.
Can I use it outside of male thermal contraception purposes?
Of course! Remember it is also a sex toy intended for wellness purposes. Nothing keeps your from using it as such while following the instructions for use.
How many thermal rings do I need?
Male thermal contraception is an everyday practice. If you forgot to wear it for over 24 hours, it is advised to use another contraception method. After one month, do a seminogram. Depending on the results and with your doctor’s approval, you can start using MTC only again.
If you lose your thermal ring, the same problem will arise.
This is why it is advised to always have 2 thermal rings on hand or another testicle-lifting device.
Download the “Post-Workshop” document made by the collective with the main practical questions regarding the DIY models and explores in concrete aspects the possible adjustments to the medical protocol here: Analyse des pratiques Thomas Bouloù 2018.pdf