When it comes to all things between the sheets, the onus is typically on the ladies to make sure that she’s being safe. Other than condoms (and vasectomies), guys don’t necessarily have to do too much.
Well that could all change thanks to a new contraceptive that’s in the study phase, one that let’s men take responsibility.
Introducing Vasalgel, a hormone-free, reversible male birth control that has so far shown much success among rabbits — nearly 100 per cent, in fact. And let’s be honest: we all know how rabbits breed. Researchers working on the potential product released their findings in a medical journal recently, bringing us one step closer to this actually happening.
So how does it work? Vasalgel is actually an injection that’s put into the vas deferens — that duct that carries sperm from the testes. The liquid within (which is composed of a polymer and a chemical solvent typically used for painful bladder syndrome) blocks semen from ejaculating on a temporary basis, perhaps as long as 12 months, and maybe longer. When the guy in question is ready to try for kids, all he hypothetically needs is a saline wash to clear the area of the solution and presto! Sperm should be back up and running.
While we’re sure injecting something into an area somewhere around the scrotal sac isn’t exactly the most pleasant of experiences, it sure beats having to remember to take a pill every day or using an intrauterine device. Never mind all those ups and downs ladies can experience from the hormones of using some of the current devices on the market.
Unfortunately, we’re still a ways away from Vasalgel actually hitting the market, since it will only begin human testing sometime later this year. After that, getting approval from the various regulatory bodies can take lots of time. But hey — something to look forward to at least.
Until then ladies, back to your regularly scheduled contraceptive.