It’s about damn time. More than half a century after the FDA passed the female birth control pill, a viable form of male contraception is finally being tested. Created by Parsemus Foundation, Vasalgel will allow men to have sex without a condom, and alleviate the worry of getting their partner pregnant, a feat only possible via a vasectomy up until this point. However, unlike a vasectomy, Vasalgel will not be permanent and is easily reversible. All my ladies say: Halle-freakin’-lujah!
Vasalgel works similarly to a vasectomy, except instead of cutting the vas deferens, the duct that carries sperm from the testes to the penis; the gel is simply injected into the duct and blocks sperm from passing through. As with the vasectomy, men have been airing their concerns about sensation during sex and whether or not they can still orgasm if their sperm is blocked. However, sperm only makes up about 5% of the total ejaculate, so men can’t actually feel the difference during orgasm.
In fact, men who have had vasectomies report greater pleasure during sex because they are not worried about getting their partner pregnant. The same could be true for users of Vasalgel.
Even better, Vasalgel is not permanent; in fact it has been called the “reversible vasectomy”. After the gel is injected, it can last months, even years. If a man decides to change his mind and have children again, all he needs to do is go back in for another injection to flush the gel out. Once the gel is flushed out, sperm flow will return to normal and he will regain fertility.
Currently, it is only being tested on rabbits and baboons, but the research is more than promising, and human clinical trials will start soon.
Unfortunately, Vasalgel does not protect against STI’s. Condoms are still your best bet for that one. However, this form of male contraception is certainly a step in the right direction; a solid middle ground between the hassle and ineffectiveness of condoms and the permanent infertility of vasectomy. Men may actually have to take some responsibility for birth control, that is, besides carrying around that back-up Trojan in their wallet pocket. Many forms of female birth control on the market are expensive, cause adverse side effects due to the hormones, and are quite honestly a pain in the butt. On the other hand, one quick trip to the doctor’s office for Vasalgel will take care of birth control needs for as long as necessary, hormone free.
The pros of Vasalgel outweigh the cons of female birth control by a long shot. As the old saying goes, it takes two to tango, so why is it that birth control is seen as only a woman’s responsibility? Now that there is a viable quick option for men that will not cause them harm, there’s no reason why they shouldn’t take on some of the heavy lifting. Considering how heavy of a load pregnancy is for women and their bodies, there’s really no excuse, fellas. Know more.