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Know about Vasalgel Contraceptive - Effective Birth Control Method

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Vasalgel is an advanced birth control method for men. It is considered as a better option than vasectomy procedure. Contraceptive methods must be used to prevent unwanted pregnancy and avoid occurrence of STDs.

Male birth control is also known as male contraceptives, which is a method of preventing pregnancy, which involves male physiology. The common types of male contraceptives include withdrawal or pulling out, outercourse, condoms and vasectomy.

A new kind of reversible, condom free male contraceptive have just cleared a biggest test, after strongly stopping the male reproduction on a group of rhesus monkeys for over an year.

This contraceptive is Vasalgel and it prevents pregnancy by blocking the tube from which sperm travels down to the vas deferens through a spongy, flexible hydrogel material. It lets the important body fluids to get move easily while stopping sperm cells, which implies that male can still ejaculate but the female partner won't get pregnant.

Animal studies till date resulted that the treatment is fully unstable. And this method only need men to get one long lasting injection and eliminates the reminder of taking night pill.

Male birth control

Vaselgel is non-hormonal and long acting contraceptive with amazing benefits over the vasectomy. The process is same like to a no scalpel vasectomy, only gel is infused into vas deferens instead of removing vas (done in vasectomy). If man wants to restore the sperm flow after months or years then a polymer is flushed out of vas with the help of another injection.

Vaselgel worked on a polymer contraceptive known as RISUG (an advanced clinical trial and some of the people have been using it from past 15 years.

In the trial, around 16 adult rhesus monkeys got Vasalgel injections and then housed with 3 to 9 fertile females for one breeding season while 7 monkeys were sheltered with females for next two years. In any of the animal, no reports of pregnancy was reported after injecting Vasalgel even they were housed outdoors and had unlimited access to other females.

There was no report or evidence of complications or bad reaction of monkey's immune system to Vasalgel. On the basis of this small trial, results were not compared to control group, so it is still not sure whether the product has actually worked on monkeys or not. Researchers are trying hard to get the animal results in human trials. On the basis of these results and connecting the earlier tests on rabbits. Preparations have been made for first clinical trials to start behind the contraceptive for the Parsemus Foundation in 2018.

Vasalgel is developed as a social venture by the foundation. Last year Parsemus Foundation said they hope Vasalgel will be in the market in early 2018, having an international pricing structure to make sure it is affordable to all the men.

Male birth control

Currently, men who are looking forward to opt for contraception methods into their own hands either have to use condoms which has 15% failure rate or have to go through a surgical procedure which is irreversible i.e. vasectomy. Many couples instead of this rely more on female birth control options like pill or IUDs, which has its own share of side effects and complications. Vasalgel has different approach by blocking the sperm physically, which is similar to condom or female diaphragm. It removes the problem of using condom and other thing all the time as it is injected into vas deferens for once.

It doesn't affect an orgasm or ejaculation and seminal fluid will flow without sperm. It works by blocking or filtering the sperm while RISUG was shredding the sperm along with electrical charge disturbance. It doesn't promise to stop the HIV spread as a bit of HIV lives in seminal fluid and only a third of HIV lives on sperm. So, it is suitable for committed couples or can be used a condom backup.

 

Hope this article gave you information about the male birth control and vasel gel. Follow Ela woman blog to get regular updates on fertility health and treatments.

Dr. Sandhya

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Obstetrician, Gynecologist Dr. Sandhya
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Dr. Sandhya is a Gynecologist and Obstetrician in Pune. She has been working in the field of Gynecology and Obstetrics for more than two decades. Dr. Sandhya is currently endeavoring her practice at Chintamani Hospital, Pune. Dr. Sandhya has expertise Normal and Cesarean Delivery, Pre and Post Delivery Care, Early Pregnancy Care, general consultations and other Gynecology problems treatment. She has done her MBBS and DGO from recognized universities. Patients from all around Saswad come to Dr. Sandhya with lots of hopes and the doctor ensures that the patients are satisfied with the treatments and procedures. Chintamani Hospital is one of the renowned hospitals in Pune for Gynecology and Obstetrics care. It has a team of well-trained medical staff, non-medical staff and experienced clinical technicians who work round-the-clock to provide healthcare services to the patients. It has an efficient team of doctors on board, including specialists and is equipped with the knowledge and expertise for handling basic to complicated medical cases. You can now book an appointment with Dr. Sandhya at www.elawoman.com.

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Chetan Veer

It is really awesome. Every man should try this who don't want a child for a year. Why only girls should have all the pain and pills.

Oct. 11, 2018, 12:04 p.m. 4.5

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Amber Morris

For the first time, I am seeing a birth control measure for men. A new revolution indeed!

Oct. 10, 2018, 12:29 a.m. 5.0

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Jane Doe

I will insist my hubby to use vasa gel as I am bored of using oral contraceptive pills as a birth control measure.

Aug. 12, 2018, 7:31 p.m. 5.0

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Xenia Knight

Very interesting information.

Nov. 30, 2017, 7:06 p.m. 4.5

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Shay D

I would love to know the side effects and would want the first participants to be tracked for a while before I gave it an okay for my husband but all in all not a bad idea!

Nov. 28, 2017, 7:34 a.m. 5.0

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Daria

Sounds awesome, finally they can do something as well ?

Nov. 20, 2017, 3:39 p.m. 5.0

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