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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - December 28, 1973, Lethbridge, Alberta a THE UTHBRIDOI HERALD nMfllDW m Herald Family Unisex contraceptive pill reaches advanced stages By UU SCHMETZER RIO DE JANEIRO Brazilian scien- tists are testing a revolutionary contraceptive rill which can be taken by sither partner. In limited trials so it las proved per cent says its Dr. Elsimar a leading international figure in the field of contraceptive research. woman can take it for 12 months and then rest for 12 months while the male partner takes he told reporters. This rest period was very allowing full recovery from any un- lesirable side-effects. Coutinho said there is a risk jf slight changes in the reproductive organs after prolonged use of the pills but the body returns to normal 3nce the pills are stopped The Brazilian scientist and bis team at the World Heatlh Organization research centre in northeastern Salvador believe the unisex pill may tierald an era of shared responsibility in birth control. DEVELOPS MALE PILL The same team has already developed a long-term con- traceptive capsule and a male contraceptive pill. The cap- sules are injected into the arm or buttock and offer sterility for as long as two years. Other researchers are try- ing to perfect a dissolvable version of the injected con- to avoid the un- sightly bulges produced by the capsules beneath the skin. The capsules have been tried experimentally on more than women in Salvador. With the unisex the team is so far working with only 30 couples. It will not be marketed to the public until all its effects have been thoroughly studied and international approval ob- tained. Coutinho's earlier research work on the male pill was prompted by need for a rest period for women on the pill. He said it has the added ad- vantage that it is capable of increasing the man's sexual drive. The male pill is based on which impede maturation of the and on androgens which counteract the resultant loss of libido. Depending on the proportionate of these the pill can be designed to enhance male FOR FAST SERVICE Plus A FREE POCKET PHOTO ALBUM WESTMINSTER DRUG LTD. 425 Westminster Shopping Plaza Phone 328-7833 We would like to thank all our customers and friends for their patronage over the past year and wish everyone a HAPPY NEW YEAR libido. MORE EFFICIENT can say today that the male pill is in a very advanced said Coutinho. is more efficient than the female pill since it does not permit any spermatogenesis and has no side A man must take it for six weeks before it becomes and he recovers his fertility five weeks after he stops taking it. But Coutinho admits that the biggest obstacle to male pill-taking is psychological many men see it as leading to a loss of masculinity. is especially true in Latin America. I think the Latin-American men will be the last to take the pill. The Americans will be the Brazil population over 100 million is one of the few countries with a policy of en- couraging increased pop- ulation. Birth control is frowned on and it was only recently that the work of Coutinho and his Salvador research team became public knowledge here. Leonidio a lawyer and medical has exhorted the government to crack down on abortions. He said there were 1.5 million il- legal abortions a at a time when Brazil more people to obtain a pop- ulation of 150 million by the end of the Golden Mile Open Monday through Fri- day 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday from 1 to 5 p.m. Next Open as usual. Open at lunch at 1. All welcome to attend. All tickets for the Ice Capades in Calgary must be picked up by this date. The organized activities will commence Jan. 7 with keep fit at 10 a.m. and leather craft at 2 p.m. Membership cards are now available at the centre. YOUR KING SIZE DEALER IS THE PLACE TO GO FOR FAST-FAST SERVICE Phsaftee Just leave your Kodacolor Film at your King Size and you will receive as an Extra Bonus a FREE Pocket Photo QUALITY PHOTO FINISHING BY KING SIZE PHOTO SERVICE Greetings from the Peanuts gang Randy 17 St. helps Charlie Brown hold on to his tinsel after Charlie and his gang decorated their own tree on the front lawn. Lucy and Charlie were constructed from paper mache and continue to extend season's greetings to all who pass by. Calendar of local happenings Milk River Belles n' Beaux Square Dance Club will hold a New Year's Eve party at p.m. Monday at the Erie Rivers School. Women are asked to please bring a dish suited to turkey and ham. Buns and pickles will be supplied by the club. WeeWhimsv The Fish and Game Junior Forest Wardens will not hold a meeting during the Christ- mas holidays. Regular meetings for wardens and guards will commence Jan. 9. The McNally Tailor Tacks will meet Jan. 19 at 2 p.m. at the home of Anna Boulton. URILLA RAISBEK Would like to extend Season's Greetings to all her customers of The Beautique Beauty Salon Thanking them for their patronage in the past. Stephen Thornhill will be sent the original art for his quote Send your child's quotation to this paper to SEE the... Woman takes on garbage VANCOUVER Christine McLeod has five children to support and her job as a coffee wagon driver just didn't bring in enough money. So she turned in her urns and moved to a larger vehicle an industrial garbage truck with hydraulic lift and automatic transmission. The transition wasn't easy but the company helped out once officials decided she wasn't kidding. A fellow-driver Ed Warick showed her the route. choked up a little at she recalled. they were really good they real- ly helped out. a coffeee truck was good for a start. There was nothing wrong with the job and I had a lot of friends. just with five kids I needed something better She said there wasn't any male opposition to her getting' the necessary licences. She took an air brakes course at the British Colum- bia Institute of Technology I guess the guys figured I was there to do not just be a damn said instructor Warick. now she's a little slow on the hydraulics but she'll pick that Mrs. who is said she weighs about 170 pounds. just wouldn't recommend this job for a small PANTOMIME ONIY TONIGHT AND SATURDAY p.m. and a.. SATURDAY MATINEE at... p.m. Yates Memorial Centre Featuring... FRANK FEATHERSTONE In.. A Muriel Jolliffe Production For Allied Arts Council Tickets and under At LEISTER'S At Yates Box Office Prior to Performance ;