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Male Birth Control Is Being Created as an Alternative to Vasectomies

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Times are changing.

I have a male friend who’s under the age of 35, and he just made one of the biggest, long-term decisions of his life. He had a vasectomy. In his defense, he’s married with three kids, so I understand why he’d be over the thought of having another baby. But you never know what life has in store for you. Plus, I just think 30 is young as hell to make such a permanent, lifelong decision.

According to Wikipedia, during a vasectomy, “the male vas deferens are severed and then tied or sealed in a manner so as to prevent sperm from entering into the seminal stream (ejaculate) and thereby prevent fertilization.”

And though it can be reversed, your sperm count will be way lower than the count you had before the procedure. Well, thanks to scientists and technology, in the near future, men who don’t want to have children, and don’t want to go the serious route of getting a vasectomy, will have another option.

Man holding future male contraceptive

Source: Twitter @contraline

Guys, say hello to Echo-V…

What is Echo-V?

Sperm being blocked by hrydrogel Echo-V

Source: Twitter @contraline

Created by the company Contraline, Echo-V is a polymer solution that’s injected into the vas deferens (the back sack). It forms as a hydrogel substance that hardens and blocks sperm from leaving the body while allowing fluid through.

It’s reversible with no effects

Contraline's male birth control

Source: Twitter @contraline

Researchers aren’t for certain how long the substance will last in the body, so they are holding off on releasing it until further testing is done. But when it comes available, if a male is taking the contraception and no longer wants it, the gel can be dissolved and eventually flushed out of his system.