There is a new male contraceptive called Vasalgel that will be available for guys in 2018. According to its developers, the Parsemus Foundation, the contraceptive works by injecting a polymer into the vas deferens – blocking sperm in the same sort of way a vasectomy would, (without the usual permanence!)
A new study, released yesterday, revealed testing conducted on 12 rabbits that were injected with Vasalgel. Of the 12 tested, 11 were found to be without sperm in their semen for a whole year afterwards. Researchers are extremely optimistic about what that will mean for human testing, which could see an even longer reduction in sperm for men.
“We expect [that time frame] to be similar in men, but that is just a minimum,” executive director of the Parsemus Foundation, Elaine Lissner told Cosmopolitan.com. “It seems to be pretty durable; we expect it to last for years. We just don’t know how many yet.”
As well as being hormone-free, the contraceptive is also reversible, meaning that the flow of semen will come straight back when wanted. Next up is a male trial…
For the gentlemen out there, it all sounds too good to be true! A safe, reversible, long-term contraception!
The catch? It needs to be injected into the testicles. Eeep!