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Male Birth Control Available in the Near Future

A new option for birth control may be making its debut in the near future. Designed for men, the injection has reportedly passed the first round of clinical testing, making it the world’s first-ever male contraceptive injection. Researchers say the injection to the groin area is designed to be an alternative to a vasectomy, and the birth control method will be effective for approximately 13 years.

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Known as the reversible inhibition of sperm under guidance, or RISUG, the drug is made up of a polymer and injected into the vas deferens — the tubes that carry sperm from the testicles.

Dr. R.S. Sharma, senior scientist with the Indian Council of Medical Research, explained, “The trials are over, including extended, phase 3 clinical trials for which 303 candidates were recruited with 97.3% success rate and no reported side-effects.”

While the drug is still awaiting final approval, researchers say it could be available in as little as six months.

Today, there are many options for birth control for women, but many come with risky side effects. Side effects of birth control pills include increased risk of breast cancer, blood clots, high blood pressure, lower bone density, headaches, nausea, vaginal infections and depression. Side effects linked to the birth control patch include raised risk of heart attack and stroke, mood changes, abdominal pain, nausea and raised blood pressure.

While trial participants for the new male birth control injection didn’t report any side effects, the drug has yet to be approved for use, and considering its nature, it’s likely that side effects will arise.