Women have birth control pills, among other contraceptive methods. But for men, the only popular options are to use condoms or to have a vasectomy.
Thankfully, we have a new male contraceptive that promises to be better than any other option available today. Check it out below.
After a long time of waiting, a male contraceptive is finally about to enter the market. The male contraceptive is known as Vasalgel, which is non-hormonal.
Vasalgel was created by the Parsemus Foundation, which is a medical research organization. Vasagel is known as the very first male contraceptive that was accepted by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) ever since condoms.
The male contraceptive will likely hit the market by as early as 2018 and as late as 2020. Moreover, Vasalgel promises to change what we think of contraception.
One of the best things about Vasalgel is that it only requires a single injection for every few years. One research has noted that half of all men could readily use it.
Vasalgel is a polymer, which is a large molecule that is made up of many subunits. It is injected through a local anesthetic into a man's tubes that carry the sperm.
Since Vasalgel will be injected into the tubes, it only has to hit the scrotum. Once it is applied, Vasalgel will ideally block the sperm.
If you wish to stop having your sperm blocked, all you need to do is have another injection to dissolve the polymer in your sperm-carrying tubes.
One helpful characteristic of Vasalgel is that it still allows other fluids to go through the tubes. This means that men who use it would not feel pain caused by the back pressure, which sometimes happens to people who have had vasectomies.
Millions of men have vasectomies, but the effects are permanent and are quite invasive. With the Vasalgel, men don't have to feel as much pain and the effects can always be reversed.
These medical trials are being made to ensure that Vasalgel is both effective and that its effects are reversible.