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Aug. 23rd, 2008 | 09:40 pm
posted by: abbysciuto in islandscience

Hi island science geeks (and general island residents)

It's been 6 months  (3 months on, 3 months off to demonstrate the temporary effects) since Abby started her clinical trial of the male contraceptive pill and it's time for the pill to start being released to the general public.   The mods have approved it being effective and Kat has kindly allowed me to handwave Ianto teaching Abby how to make pill casings, which means making larger numbers of pills will be much easier than using the method Dr. Koskuisko taught Abby a long time ago, so it's a go.  

What I need is a list of twenty or so men who would want to be on the first wave of pill "prescriptions."  Obviously Abby is not a doctor and can't prescribe, so what she'd do is take down the list of people and then pass it to the clinic, who will do the actual prescribing.  Whether the conversation between pup and doctor is handwaved is up to the invididual doctor and patient.   This pill, like all hormonal contraceptives, does not protect against STDs, so if your pup would like to be super safe, a condom is still their best option.  On the other hand, if you just don't want your pup to have kids, this will be right up their alley.  

If anyone would like the extremely detailed scientific explanation (and literature reference!), I can provide it, but in general it is a daily pill with a 90 day ramp up to maintenance levels, after which your pup will have no sperm and thus be temporarily sterile.  For that first 90 days, they need to use a backup method.   If they would like to cease taking the pill, it will take another 90 days to return to normal levels of sperm.    Abby will probably ask them to come in once a month to be sure it's actually still working, so if your pup would be embarrassed about donating a semen sample, you should probably consider that.    Also, she can't make 1800 pills all at once without not leaving the lab for about a week solid (which would be frowned on by various parties), so they'll need to get their pills from the clinic on probably a bi-monthly basis.    If your pup would like to volunteer to help make the pills, she would probably love them forever (figuratively, anyway).

Any questions?  Comments?  Snide remarks? 

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Joe Dick

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from: jdick
date: Aug. 24th, 2008 03:44 am (UTC)
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Jill can help with the production of the pills. She'd welcome the work. :D

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Abigail "Abby" Sciuto

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from: abbysciuto
date: Aug. 24th, 2008 04:01 am (UTC)
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Awesome, thanks!

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I thought it was Fun Dip!

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from: dsneyvoice
date: Aug. 24th, 2008 05:06 am (UTC)
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Can Bill be in the first wave, since he was part of the clinical trial? :D

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Abigail "Abby" Sciuto

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from: abbysciuto
date: Aug. 24th, 2008 05:21 am (UTC)
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Absolutely. :D

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Toshiko Sato

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from: toshiko_san
date: Aug. 24th, 2008 06:32 am (UTC)
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Sam will be intrigued. Put him on the list.

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Abigail "Abby" Sciuto

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from: abbysciuto
date: Aug. 24th, 2008 04:02 pm (UTC)
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On the list he goes!

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Jo Jones née Grant

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from: unit_girl
date: Aug. 24th, 2008 08:31 am (UTC)
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Jo will help make pills.

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Abigail "Abby" Sciuto

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from: abbysciuto
date: Aug. 24th, 2008 04:03 pm (UTC)
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Isn't she done with her hours? :) Not that Abby will turn down the help, but she's got to be done with her hours by now. :)

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Jo Jones née Grant

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from: unit_girl
date: Aug. 24th, 2008 04:08 pm (UTC)
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I think she probably has done her hours now, but didn't we say over email that she could carry on working there? Although re-reading it, it's entirely possible I wasn't completely clear on that point.

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Abigail "Abby" Sciuto

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from: abbysciuto
date: Aug. 24th, 2008 04:11 pm (UTC)
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No, you're right, we did agree she could carry on. I think I need more coffee.

Or less laundry. Less laundry would be good.

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a_sport

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from: a_sport
date: Aug. 24th, 2008 03:09 pm (UTC)
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Calvin can go on that list, and also could spend a bit of time making pills if Abby still needs someone.

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Abigail "Abby" Sciuto

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from: abbysciuto
date: Aug. 24th, 2008 04:03 pm (UTC)
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He is on the list and she's pretty much not ever gonna turn down help making the pills. 1800 every 90 days is kind of a lot. :)

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Melchior Gabor

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from: nokeystomysoul
date: Aug. 24th, 2008 04:00 pm (UTC)
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Could a 15-year-old help make pills? Melchior would love to get involved in scientific things, especially in something like this.

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Abigail "Abby" Sciuto

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from: abbysciuto
date: Aug. 24th, 2008 04:06 pm (UTC)
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Sure. Abby is not ageist when it comes to getting stuff done. It's not gonna be all the exciting for him, though. It's actually sort of repetitive.

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Melchior Gabor

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from: nokeystomysoul
date: Aug. 24th, 2008 04:08 pm (UTC)
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He's excited to be taking part in something that makes sex safer, and in something that isn't telling everyone abstinence is the best route. It's really right up his alley. He won't mind the repetitiveness; it'll give him time to plan out his next essay. XD

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Abigail "Abby" Sciuto

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from: abbysciuto
date: Aug. 24th, 2008 04:12 pm (UTC)
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Abby is just about the least likely person to tell ANYONE abstinence is the best way. Hence the making of the pills. :)

He's on the helper list!

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Dr. Mohinder Suresh

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from: karmic_darwin
date: Aug. 25th, 2008 02:35 am (UTC)
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You can have Mohinder's help in lab capacity, but he's experiencing a reluctance to take the pills. I know why, but he doesn't. ;)

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Abigail "Abby" Sciuto

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from: abbysciuto
date: Aug. 25th, 2008 02:37 am (UTC)
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He wants to be a daddy! :)

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Dr. Mohinder Suresh

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from: karmic_darwin
date: Aug. 25th, 2008 02:39 am (UTC)
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Shhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh. He'll hear you. ;)

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Garak

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from: simpletailor
date: Aug. 25th, 2008 03:06 am (UTC)
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*puts hands over his ears*


...this is the wrong journal to be doing that with. XD

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she did all she could

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from: fallen_ancient
date: Aug. 25th, 2008 03:37 am (UTC)
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*laughs* Yes, yes it is.

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