First male birth control injection almost ready; it will be injected directly into the p3nis and last up to 13 years – Davina Diaries

The Indian Council of , a -funded biomedical research agency, has successfully completed a clinical on an injectable contraceptive, the Hindustan Times reported.

“The is ready, with only regulatory approvals pending [from the government],” Dr. R.S. Sharma, a senior with ICMR, told the local outlet. “The trials are over, including extended, Phase 3 clinical trials for which 303 candidates were recruited with a 97.3% rate and no reported effects. The can safely be called the ’s male contraceptive.”

The control method, which lasts approximately 13 years, involves injecting a polymer, called styrene-maleic anhydride, into the vas deferens, effectively blocking sperm from leaving the testicles. The shot, preceded by a dose of local , is designed to supplant a traditional vasectomy.

Researchers in the have developed a similar contraceptive, called Vasalgel, which has not yet been brought to market. A male pill also exists, though researchers anticipate it’ll be about 10 years before the makes it to market. Also, such as these can only prevent and do not protect against STDs.

“The polymer was developed by S.. Guha from the Indian Institute of in the 1970s. ICMR has been researching on it to turn it into a product for use since 1984, and the is ready after exhaustive trials,” said Sharma. Researchers call this reversible inhibition of sperm under guidance.

Drugs Controller of V.G. Somani said, because of pending regulatory approval, it “ still take about six to seven months … before the product can be ,” they told Hindustan Times.

In the meantime, Vice asked several Indian men if they were open to the idea of a shot in the groin to prevent pregnancy. Many agreed that more options would be a boon for men and , though many weren’t keen on needling their nether regions.

“When I think about this whole concept of that have to inject … it’s too graphic,” said 33-year- Abhay. “Our [testicles] are like jewels, so if I have to resort to using any kind of contraceptive, I’d for a pill.”

Shreyes, , liked the idea of a male contraceptive because women are “already burdened enough,” but he thinks an injection be too much for men, adding that he’d “rather not have at ” in that case.

“Men are not too used to making changes in their routine, so it has to be marketed in a way that doesn’t seem so intense or difficult,” he said.

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