Alright, let’s be real here. The current forms of birth control usually hold the woman responsible. Hormonal birth control pills, vaginal rings, IUD, diaphragms, spermicide… These are all birth control forms for women, leaving a limited selection for male birth control. Well, not for long! Lucky for us, in 2018 there is going to be a new alternative. It’s called Vasalgel and from reading its studies, it sounds almost too good to be true. So the question remains: will it really work?
It’s a shot
It is a gel, as the name suggests, that you inject in the vas deferens, and it prevents the sperm from leaving the area. Studies suggest it lasts a considerable amount of time, however the Parsemus Foundation reports Vasalgel is “likely to be more reversible than the vasectomy.” So when you decide it’s a great time to repopulate your domestic jungle, you can go get the gel removed and go about sowing your seed.
It’s yet to be tested on humans
So far it has only been tested on rabbits (fitting, I know), but it appears to be working, so Cosmopolitan explained to Bustle, “the next step is the first human make trial, which is scheduled for later this year.” So there is a very good chance that it will be readily available within a few years.
The real questions
When I first read about this gel, I got really curious, how will it work? Does it have any health issues? Can you still ejaculate? And I went over to the Parsemus Foundation and got my answers. You can still ejaculate: it works by making a semi permeable gel barrier that fluids can get around. As for health problems, they are similar to the issues incurred by a vasectomy, but just like a vasectomy the chances of any pain are relatively low. So that is all well and good, but how affordable will it be? Parsemus foundation is working to make it readily available, at a feasible cost and they are trying to get it covered by insurance, making it even more available to the general public.
Awaiting the final verdict
All in all, it is a really great idea, it has promise, and through more research and clinical trials, we will see it becoming available right on schedule, meaning we can see a shift towards the male population becoming more active in the birth control process! So when presented with the question at hand, will male birth control actually work, Parsemus remains hopeful, and I encourage you to share in their optimism.
Sourced from: Bustle
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