This Reversible Male Birth Control Could Be Available As Early As 2018
Finally! Reversible male birth control! All guys have to do is get an injection in their peni -- yeah, this is never happening.
The option, however, will soon be available for men who want to bear some of the responsibility of internal birth control methods.
Until now, ladies have swallowed daily pills, gotten injections and even had small bits of hormonal hardware surgically inserted into their uteruses.
Now, after years of development, Vasalgel emerged as a viable male birth control that, once injected into the penis, blocks sperm from leaving through the vas deferens. The gel essentially creates a temporary, painless vasectomy.
When tested on rabbits, 11 of the 12 subjects reportedly ended up without sperm in their semen for a full year following the injection.
Scientists said there is potential for the dose to last even longer for human patients, meaning dudes could avoid getting yearly peen-jections.
If a user decides to stop using Vasalgel, the gel can reportedly be easily flushed from the system with a second injection. When the gel was flushed from the rabbits' systems, sperm reportedly rapidly returned to their semen.
With early trials going well, the next step is to test the product on human patients and educate physicians on how to administer the gel.
Elaine Lissner, executive director of the Parsemus Foundation, which developed Vasalgel, is optimistic the organization will raise the money needed to see this project through to the end.
She told Cosmopolitan,
For the men already lining up for their injections, you'll likely have to wait until 2018.