|OUCH: Would you have an injection in your balls?|
Women have been doing all the hard work for years in the form of contraceptive pills, coils and implants, but finally male contraceptive has arrived.
But before you get excited and throw your contraceptive pill away, you might want to read on.The male contraceptive, that is currently being trialled, involves an injection just above the scrotum. Ouch.
RISUG (Reversible Inhibition of Sperm Under Guidance), was originally invented in India in the 1970s, and in 2010 the patent was bought by Parsemus Foundation in the US.
The organisation are now using a similar method to develop a slightly different male birth control named Valsalgel.In order for the treatment to work, a doctor has to inject the synthetic gel into a sperm-transporting tube just outside each testicle.
“When it’s time for you to have sex, everything you’ve had to do is already done”
However, a few seconds of pain might be worth it, as the treatment is expected to last around 10 years.
If you want to have children within this time frame though, the procedure is completely reversible.The gel acts as a filter, preventing sperm from passing through. And if a doctor injects sodium bicarbonate into the same spot it dissolves the gel.
Aaron Hamlin, executive of the Male Contraceptive Initiative, told Vice: "There’s nothing for you as a person to screw up. When you have a method that doesn’t require you to do anything, like Vasalgel, you get the injection into the vas deferens and walk out the door.
"After all that’s done, when it’s time for you to have sex, everything you’ve had to do is already done.If you are about to rush out and sign yourself up though, you should be aware that the RISUG phase III clinical trials were temporarily abandoned in 2002 because of an "undisclosed side effect".
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