Researchers in India have been working on an alternative of traditional birth control. The twist? This would be a birth control for a man. The Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR), in New Delhi, have confirmed that their creation has, and will work. Previous studies have shown a success rate of over 97%. Currently they are waiting on the Drug Controller General of India (DCGI). If all goes correctly, then you’ll be seeing the manufacture and sale of these options within about six months.
How Does it Work?
A man’s normal methods of birth control or either wear a condom, or get a vasectomy and snip of the connection entirely. Both are quite slim and unfair options. However, this new birth control shot is a whole new look at the situations. This much less invasive method, is a simple injection of a polymer unto the man’s vas deferens. In other words, this polymer would solidify and block the flow of sperm out of the testicles. All of this would be done under anesthesia and is a quick process. The best part about it? This procedure is 100% reversible.
Reversible Male Birth Control?
You’ve heard correctly! The procedure, otherwise known as Reversible Inhibition of Sperm Under Guidance (RISUG), uses the polymer known as Styrene Maleic Anhydride. This polymer is not only effective for long periods of time, but is easily dissolved by a second procedure. The second procedure uses a non-invasive mixture to break apart the polymer. Thankfully, the longevity of it gives it the appeal of not requiring multiple procedures. RIUSG lasts for over ten years, so you won’t have to worry about anything for a while. According to the ICMR, the DCGI is going to take a some time to make all their decisions. The ICMR is making sure that they take all the necessary steps in order for, this method of male contraception to be revered in no time.