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article imageMale birth control, without condoms, will be here in a few years

By Owen Weldon     Dec 29, 2014 in Health
Vasalgel, a reversible form of male birth control, is about to enter human trials. Vasalgel could hit the market by 2017.
Vasalgel is a non-hormonal polymer that blocks the vas deferens, according to The Daily Beast. The gel is injected into the vas deferens, and if a man wants to restore fertility, then the polymer is flushed out. This is done via another injection into the vas deferens.
Once the gel is in place, it works like a filter. Fluids are able to pass, but larger sperm will not be able to pass. Researchers said they have tested it in animals and it has been effective at preventing pregnancy.
The Parsemus Foundationsays that it hopes it will be on the market sometime in 2016-2017. They also said that human trials are expected to start early 2015, but it will be a small trial. However, 2015-2016 is when larger trials will take place.
The inspiration for Vasalgel came from a related formulation that has been in clinical trials in India for 20 years, according to Yahoo.
As of now, the price of Vasalgel has not been determined, but the organization did say that it will probably cost more to visit the doctor than it will for the product.
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