Male birth control shots could change everything we know about safe sex. With Vasalgel about to go to human trials, we could see the need for condoms drop off if it’s successful.
For decades now, condoms were considered a necessity for consenting male adults to “enjoy” their relationships with minimal risk of pregnancy. While some are still hesitant to use the popular contraception because it doesn’t feel the same, doctors have stated condoms will reduce the chances of pregnancy by almost 100 percent.
The biggest problems with condoms are the above-mentioned sensitivity and the obviousness of carrying them safely. The bubble packaging tends to burst open if you put it in your wallet and sit on anything solid, and the distinct bulge in a shirt pocket could be an indication of what he “expects” from the date.
Plus with the varying sizes of male genitalia, there is no universal size. Some might slip off at the worst possible moment and others might break from being stretched and exposed to enough friction.
Thankfully by 2017, we might see a male birth control shot.
Scientist discovered a substance that can be injected into the human body (you know where) and halt the production of sperm.
The substance was first tested on baboons, where three lucky male simians were injected with Vasalgel and then given free sexual access to 10 to 15 females each. Not once did the female baboons become pregnant, despite the apparently rampant mating. The Parsemus Foundation is planning to start human trials this year, possibly with similar conditions.
While this all may sound like an excuse for a scientist porn film, the results must be proven safe and effective before being released to the market.
There is still the chance that Vasalgel may cause some unintended side effects in men or women, and protesters and lobbyists could have a problem with that.
— Ramona Picillini (@RamonaPicillini) September 10, 2014
The biggest problem with the contraceptive injection of Vasalgel may be the initial price. It also may require a physician to inject it, much like the female contraceptive device known as the IUD. This new kind of male birth control could carry a significant price tag that scientist claim to be “less than the cost of a flat-screen television.”
With that kind of price tag attached, condoms may still be the more popular solution for several years. Condoms are usually around a dollar each and can be bought in bulk for less than the cost of a tank of gas.
What do you think of this possible new form of male birth control?
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