Male birth control moves one step closer to being available
Scientists have said that a new male birth control technique has passed another clinical trial and has moved one step closer to being available for people.
They said that the technique passed another trial with tests on rabbits. The tests showed that one injection can deliver safe and effective contraception to males for at least 12 months without the need for condoms. They also found that the treatment, known as Vasalgel can be fully reversed.
Scientists said that the tests are promising as for years condoms have been the only male birth control technique. They said that the human trials will begin within this year and researchers claimed that it will be available in the market within two years. The technique is developed by US-based not-for-profit company, the Parsemus Foundation.
The Vasalgel blocks the tube, in which sperm travels down, with the help of a flexible, spongy, hydrogel material. They said that all the important fluids can still get through but the larger objects, like sperm cannot pass through and prevents fertility. Injecting Vasalgel is a quick and easy procedure.
Donald Waller, a pharmacologist at the University of Illinois at Chicago, said, "Results from our study in rabbits were even better than expected. Vasalgel produces a very rapid contraceptive effect which lasted throughout the study due to its unique hydrogel properties. These features are important considerations for a contraceptive product to be used in humans."
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