Are you not ready to be a father and you’re tired of unwanted pregnancies?Then it’s high time you start rejoicing as a new and more accurate male contraceptive which forbids sperms from coming out during copulation is set to hit the Ugandan market anytime from now.
Vasalgel is a non-hormonal male contraceptive owned by the medical research organisation the Parsemus
Foundation . It’s poised as the first FDA (Food and Drug Administration panel) approved male contraceptive since
What’s more, it’s estimated to hit the market around 2018-2020 – and could change the way we view contraception for ever.
It’s easy, too. One injection would last for years. Research tells us that at least half of men would use it.
Vasalgel is essentially a polymer that’s injected under local anesthetic into the man’s sperm-carrying tubes accessible through the scrotum not in his penis or testicles as some authors have erred. It works by blocking sperm and is
expected to be reversible through a second injection that dissolves the polymer.
Another advantage of Vasalgel is that while it blocks sperm, other fluid can still pass through. This should reduce any risk of pain due to back pressure, an occasional issue with vasectomies. This could make Vasalgel a best-seller, even among men seeking a permanent contraceptive option.
Of course, you might well be sceptical about whether men will actually choose the Vasalgel injection. But every year, millions around the globe get vasectomies. That is both more invasive and unlike Vasalgel — intended to be
But there are other options.
Gendarussa , another non-hormonal contraceptive, has gone through phase II human trials in Indonesia. The method is hypothesised to work by preventing the sperm’s ability to fertilise an egg.
Another method, from the US, is an anti-Eppin agent that targets sperm’s ability to swim. Both of these non-hormonal methods would involve the man taking a Pill.
These contraceptives are the first in line because they have support from clinical trials. But there are many others,
including the ‘ Clean Sheets Pill’ designed to allow orgasm while inhibiting ejaculation.
It’s being developed in London. And because of advances in biotechnology, researchers keep getting new ideas; the bulk of them non-hormonal.
As many women would attest, avoiding hormones would be a luxury – ensuring that contraception was worry and side-effect free.
Male contraception is bound to make a lot of guys happy.
Being able to control the when, if, and with who you become a parent is a big deal. But you can expect their partners to
Not every woman finds the more effective contraceptives, such as intrauterine (IUS or IUD) or implant devices acceptable, possibly due to hormones or their unpredictable
effect on menstruation.
Others, such as the Pill, may not be the best option because of our human nature to forget things.
Half of women report forgetting at least one Pill during their last cycle, according to a study in the American Journal of
Obstetrics & Gynecology.
This is why the Pill’s real-world annual pregnancy rate is nine per cent instead of closer to its much lower ‘perfect-
use’ pregnancy rate of 0.3 per cent.
For women, it will be life-changing to have men help out in the contraceptive department, with a method other than
condoms. They could replace or supplementing a woman’s existing method—both partners taking something is better than one.
And if the couple, or individial man, decides that Vasalgel is a good option, forgetfulness won’t be a worry. There’s
nothing for the guy to remember.
This is a total game changer for couples, as well as single women and men. It moves the contraceptive burden into
This isn’t to say that condoms will go away just because of a new male contraceptive.
Condoms didn’t go away after the Pill or intrauterine contraceptives became commonplace. As a barrier method,
they will still play an important role against sexually transmitted infections.
But condoms alone aren’t good enough for pregnancy prevention.
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