What if you could prevent pregnancies up to 13 years old but have to get an injection into your penis? Would you do it? Indian doctors seem to believe this as the Indian Medical Research Council has successfully completed a clinical trial of injectable male contraception.
The Drug Controller General of India now has to approve the experimental contraceptive before it is made public, according to the Hindustan Times.
"The trials are over, including the extended Phase 3 clinical trials, which enrolled 303 candidates with a 97.3% success rate and no reported adverse events," said Dr. RS Sharma, senior scientist at ICMR, the website.
The injection is a polymer called styrene-maleic anhydride, which is injected under local anesthesia into a sperm-containing tube near the testes, effectively preventing the sperm from leaving the testes. It has been designed to replace traditional vasectomies and has an efficacy of 13 years – by that time the drug loses its effectiveness.
Scientists have reportedly been developing the injection since the 1980s when scientists at the Indian Institute of Technology developed the polymer.
A similar contraceptive is being developed in the US, which is injected into the scrotum but still requires many federal approvals. It is reported that this injection is only effective for 14 months.
It's also a male birth control pill in development, but scientists believe it will take about 10 years to get it on the market. At present, men only have condoms and vasectomies to prevent pregnancy. Most birth control methods are based on women.
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