Male Birth Control Is Coming In 2018

Vasalgel could change the contraception game forever.

By Sowmya Krishnamurthy

A big breakthrough in birth control is coming--the first birth control for men. A study on Vasalgel — a reversible birth control injection for men — was an overwhelming success, according to Cosmo. The injection is slated to be available to men in 2018.

Here's how the groundbreaking contraception works: Vasalgel is a gel injectws into the testes that blocks sperm from leaving the vas deferens. The effectiveness lasted a year for tested rabbits, but researchers expect it to be longer in men. "We expect [that time frame] to be similar in men, but that is just a minimum," Elaine Lissner (of Parsemus Foundation) told the publication. "It seems to be pretty durable; we expect it to last for years. We just don't know how many yet." 

The next step for Vasalgel is the first human trial, which is scheduled to start later this year. In addition to its effectiveness, researchers are also excited that the contraception is reversible, unlike say, a traditional vasectomy. "There are so many men who want this so badly," she said, "the support is going to be there."

This will definitely be a sex and relationship game-changer.



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