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Was Male Birth Control Testing in India Stopped After Men's Testicles Started Exploding?

"Male birth control testing has been halted in India after 30 test subjects testicles exploded during sexual intercourse."

Published Dec 5, 2019

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Claim:
Male birth control testing in India was stopped after men's testicles started exploding.

On Dec. 3, 2019, Ihlayanews published an article positing that male birth control testing was stopped in India after men's testicles started exploding:

Male birth control testing stopped after men’s testicles start exploding

Male birth control testing has been halted in India after 30 test subjects testicles exploded during sexual intercourse.

The testing of the male birth control involved 139 men under the age of 41 who were living with their wives and had at least two children each.

The men were given a single does of the male birth control shot and then followed up by doctors for six months. Their wives were also monitored to find out if they became pregnant.

This item was not a factual recounting of real-life events. The article originated with an entertainment website that does not publish real news. While the website itself does not carry a readily available disclaimer, its header does include the tagline “nuusparodie waarvan jy hou,” which is Afrikaans for “news parody you like.”

A disclaimer on Ihlayanews' Facebook page describes it as "a news parody and satire website":

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Sources

Ihlayanews. “Male Birth Control Testing Stopped After Men’s Testicles Start Exploding.”    3 December 2019.