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The Future of Male Birth Control

Posted by Tammi A. Tannura -

Aside from the male condom and permanent sterilization (a vasectomy), men have had to rely on their female partners for fertility control. While many might assume men may be turned off by the idea of being responsible for birth control, recent studies have begun to show that men may be more open to being able to control their own fertility rather than relying on their partner. Even when the studies asked men about their attitudes toward using a male birth control method that involved the use of an implant or injection, many were still supportive of the idea. One particular contraceptive option on the horizon for men in the United States is Vasalgel.

Unlike in a vasectomy where the vas deferens (the tube that carries sperm to the penis) are cut to prevent sperm from passing out of the man's body, Vasalgelis injected into the vas deferens and lines the walls of the vas deferens just enough to block the passageway for sperm. Vasalgelis considered to be a long-acting reversible contraceptive (LARC) for men–a 'get it and forget it' method. Once the gel is injected into the vas deferens, it is effective almost immediately and may last for 10 years or more. If a man wishes to restore his fertility, the gel is flushed out of the vas deferens with another injection. Vasalgelis expected to be in clinical trials in 2014 and may be available in the United States as early as 2015.

A similar method called Reversible Inhibition of Sperm Under Guidance® (RISUG) is currently being performed in India.

Other methods of male contraception on the horizon include ultrasound, heat-based methods, and non-hormonal pills. For more detailed information about the aforementioned technologies please check out the following resource

Tell me what you think. Would you or the men you know be willing to be ultimately responsible for birth control using a method like Vasalgel?


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