No more excuses, gentlemen...
I’ve been taking birth control for far too many years. In the beginning, it was because my periods were so freakin’ painful and heavy that the pill was the only way to calm my uterus down. Now that I’m married and our family is complete, the fact that it prevents pregnancy at a high rate of success is a win-win for me.
But I always wondered why there was no male alternative besides vasectomy. Why should women always be tasked with being the responsible one when it comes to avoiding baby-making?
Well, apparently, I wasn’t the only one thinking this.
A new injection that has been trialed in 16 rhesus monkeys had a 100 percent success rate in not getting their female counterparts pregnant.
It does involve a needle, but it’s supposedly a less painful form of male birth control than a vasectomy. The doctor injects a gel called Vaselgel into the vas deferens (which normally works by transporting sperm to the testicles) to work as a block. It’s also easily reversible, unlike having painful surgery to un-snip the snip.
Chair of the British Fertility Society, Professor Adam Balen, said, “This is an interesting technique that achieves a reversible 'vasectomy' by blocking the passage of sperm with a substance that later can be flushed out. If free of side effects, then this novel approach has the potential for great promise as a male contraceptive. It is essential to know that the reversibility remains, irrespective of the duration of use.”
In a previous study that included hormones to interrupt sperm production, 20 men dropped out after they felt depressed and had muscle aches. Side effects, like the ones mentioned above, were not recorded when the test subjects were given the Vasalgel.
OK, so how come male birth control has no side effects? Women are always getting screwed... but I digress.
While monitoring the rhesus monkeys at the California National Primate Research Center, there were no pregnancies for over a year, even as much as up to two years. Clinical trials on human males are expected to start sometime in 2018.
I don’t know too many men that would be eager to get a needle in their genitals, but hey, it’s worth a shot.