The Best Birth Control In The World Is For Men

I’m currently taking steps to try to help bring this to market in Canada.

Please see the original post here:
http://techcitement.com/culture/the-best-birth-control-in-the-world-is-for-men/#.T4nQKJpWrss

The Best Birth Control In The World Is For Men

By . March 26, 2012, 11:25 AM CDT

If I were going to describe the perfect contraceptive, it would go something like this: no babies, no latex, no daily pill to remember, no hormones to interfere with mood or sex drive, no negative health effects whatsoever, and 100 percent effectiveness. The funny thing is, something like that currently exists.

The procedure called RISUG in India (reversible inhibition of sperm under guidance) takes about 15 minutes with a doctor, is effective after about three days, and lasts for 10 or more years. A doctor applies some local anesthetic, makes a small pinhole in the base of the scrotum, reaches in with a pair of very thin forceps, and pulls out the small white vas deferens tube. Then, the doctor injects the polymer gel (called Vasalgel here in the US), pushes the vas deferens back inside, repeats the process for the other vas deferens, puts a Band-Aid over the small hole, and the man is on his way. If this all sounds incredibly simple and inexpensive, that’s because it is. The chemicals themselves cost less than the syringe used to administer them. But the science of what happens next is the really fascinating part.

The two common chemicals — styrene maleic anhydride and dimethyl sulfoxide — form a polymer that thickens over the next 72 hours, much like a pliable epoxy, but the purpose of these chemicals isn’t to harden and block the vas deferens. Instead, the polymer lines the wall of the vas deferens and allows sperm to flow freely down the middle (this prevents any pressure buildup),  and because of the polymer’s pattern of negative/positive polarization, the sperm are torn apart through the polyelectrolytic effect. On a molecular level, it’s what supervillains envision will happen when they stick the good guy between two huge magnets and flip the switch.

Easier than aiming magnets at your junk.

With one little injection, this non-toxic jelly will sit there for 10+ years without you having to do anything else to not have babies. Set it and forget it. Oh, and when you do decide you want those babies, it only takes one other injection of water and baking soda to flush out the gel, and within two to three months, you’ve got all your healthy sperm again.

The trouble is, most people don’t even know this exists. And if men only need one super-cheap shot every 10 years or more, that’s not something that gets big pharmaceutical companies all fired up, because they’ll make zero money on it (even if it might have the side benefit of, you know, destroying HIV).

If this sounds awesome for you or your loved one, get the word out. Share this article. Or link. Or this link. Or this one. Or this one. Sign this petition. Do something! A revolutionary contraceptive like this needs all the support it can get.

UPDATE: A lot of people are asking to be kept in the loop. So here’s the clinical trial/mailing list sign-up from the Parsemus Foundation to get further information about this procedure’s development. And again, please fill out the short non-spam petition to get the procedure funded and keep buzz going.

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6 thoughts on “The Best Birth Control In The World Is For Men

  1. Shawn West says:

    I first read about this in 2005 and last I knew it was approved for human clinical testing in India after revamping procedures to match FDA standards in the U.S. and starting over. Do you know if it has been fully approved anywhere yet?

  2. Anaala Richardson says:

    Oh wow. If only there were a version of this for women. I have to agree with you. Its simply too cheap for the major companies to pick up. Maybe that’s why there is no truly safe birth control for women as yet. The hormonal problems alone account for a significant portion of their earnings.

    • Francis Roy says:

      Well, women have 18 (that I know of) methods of birth control. One might say that this is closest to the IUD (an implant for women.) Both require minor medical intervention, and both are made to prevent healthy reproductive items (egg or sperm) from reaching the uterus while active.

      • Anaala Richardson says:

        Ah. There’s a catch with though. The copper core is dangerous for some women. It would be awesome if this could be made available world wide. I can’t imagine how many men’s lives would be improved by this. I do know that the guys here would be grateful for something that will prevent women from tricking them info fatherhood.

  3. OneFatOzGuy says:

    Subsidise it for males under 18 and watch the teen birth rate plummet as the age when it wears of is mid-20s when men are more capable of assessing situations!
    I’m personally interested in it for when my wife and I are done having children. She wants me to have the snip, but the side effects sound potentially horrible.
    One guy at where I work ended up in hospital with a grapefruit sized testicle!
    She fobs me off over my concerns, yet doesn’t want the female equivalent over concerns of the risks.
    As long as its released in Australia in the next 4 years I’m happy.
    Hell, if I’ve got to go to the USA or India to get it done, so be it.

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