Holy Hormones Journal: “But dear, this new injection that will render you temporarily infertile was tested on baboons and monkeys…” Oh, yes, I can hear that discussion now… LOL. Once I started reading this article – there were so many angles to make comments. First of all – what is Vasalgel?
Vasalgel, a multi-year contraceptive
VasalgelTM is a long-acting, nonhormonal contraceptive similar to vasectomy but with one significant advantage: it is likely to be more reversible. The procedure is similar to a no-scalpel vasectomy, except a gel is injected into the vas deferens (the tube the sperm swim through), rather than cutting the vas (as is done in vasectomy). If a man wishes to restore flow of sperm, whether after months or years, the polymer is flushed out of the vas with another injection.
The author of the article below states the injection is ‘reversible’. However, in the product description above says it is ‘likely to be reversible.’
“Hmm, honey – the product insert says ‘likely to be reversible’ – are you good with that? And by the way the injection is going to be directed at your well… manhood – are you good with that?”
“Oh, and one more thing honey – the injection is made up of polymers; synthetic plastics such as polystyrene or natural biopolymers like DNA and proteins fundamental to biological structure and function. I do not know if the poylmers in the injection are plastic or natural – but no big deal, right honey? I mean we have blue plastic micro-beads in our toothpaste that may or may not get under or gums right? So what if you have plastic floating around in those vas things – ya good with that honey?”
Seriously? Why would any man step up to the plate for this experimental injection?
The author then goes on to ask – if men did have birth control – would women relinquish responsibility? That is a good question – would we? Could we? Yes, honey, I got my Vasalgel injection today – what proof would we have? Women have bitched about being solely responsible for birth control for so long… but would we give that up? I mean ask him to go to the grocery for some milk – and he will come home with everything – but milk! We do too but that is beside THIS point.
I have a hard time believing that even if the baboon-safe injection/male birth control vaccine (I mean it has to have some adjuvants and preservatives right?) was fast-tracked through the FDA and brought to the market that men would even opt in for such an injection.
I am on board with Donna Dawson. You don’t have to be a psychologist specializing in behavior to figure this one out. “Right honey?”
What do you think?
Male birth control could be here by 2017 – but will anyone take it?
Vasalgel, male birth control, could be available to the public by 2017 in the form of an injection. But would anyone have it – and would women really be able to relinquish responsibility? Radhika Sanghani reports
September 12, 2014
Vasalgel, brainchild of the Parsemus Foundation, is a non-hormonal gel that’s injected just above the testicles. It works by temporarily blocking sperm from flowing through the tubes, just like a vasectomy. The only difference? This one is reversible.
So far, it’s only been tested on baboons and rabbits. But the results have been positive and it looks like they might be similar when the injection is tested on humans next year.
It means we could have a new birth control option in 2017: just for men.
But will it actually work? And I don’t mean scientifically – I mean socially. Will we ever get to a point where women, who have borne the contraceptive burden for decades, trust men to take control? And will men even want to?
Donna Dawson, a psychologist specialising in behaviour, is convinced no man will want to do it.
“I don’t think men will opt for it,” she says firmly. “They’ll either say it’s the women’s job, or they’ll be too squeamish. They’re not used to taking that amount of responsibility for birth control. They don’t have the pain threshold women have.
“Women are more conditioned and acclimatised to taking birth control. Men have had no experience of it. Most men won’t even have the snip, making most women have their tubes tied instead.”
It’s a pretty strong ‘no’ from someone who specialises in studying the way we work. But, what do men themselves have to say?
I ask Matt, the most stereotypically ‘blokey’ guy I know. To my surprise, he tells me: “I would do it, as long as there were no side effects or permanent issues (e.g. sterilisation).”
So, he wouldn’t mind about having the 20-minute procedure, or the injection in such a delicate place?