The sterilization of men and women has reportedly decreased in NHS hospitals, in 2010-11 there were 19,510 vasectomy operations in NHS hospitals. However, by 2020-21, this number is supposed to have fallen to 4,486 – which is a decrease of 77%.
However, vasectomy, or ‘clipping’, could soon become a thing of the past as scientists say the ten-year contraceptive injection may soon be available to men.
The injection, called Risug, was developed by researchers at the Indian Institute of Technology, has completed final trials and could be ready within 12 months.
Risug is a gel that destroys the tails of individual sperm cells, thus preventing them from fertilizing an egg.
Although the procedure can be reversed with an injection of water and baking soda, according to British researchers, many men may be reluctant to take the injection, as sterilization procedures have declined in recent years.
Moreover, De Montfort University public health psychologist Dr. Amanda Wilson told the British Science Festival in Leicester that research found that men were very reluctant to take a jab, according to the Daily Mail.
The doctor has reportedly said that the trend in men to have vasectomy is declining, and that hesitation about injections may reflect this. She was quoted as saying, “For the male contraceptive we’re still looking at 30-50, but Risug is the male contraceptive closest to market. However, we’re seeing a significant reduction in vasectomy.”
“Scientists don’t know why. But until we get this social acceptance of vasectomy globally, there won’t be much social acceptance of Risog,” she told the Sunday Telegraph.
The makers of Risug, which stands for reverse inhibition of sperm under guidance, said the tingling allows men to be more spontaneous than using a condom.
A polymer called styrene malic anhydride is used as a contraceptive that apparently covers the sperm duct.
This chemical was reportedly first used to coat pipes in rural water systems in India to kill bacteria.
Tests on animals such as rabbits, rats and monkeys have shown that this chemical has a similar effect on sperm.
Several clinical trials of Risug in humans have been completed in India and is now awaiting approval from the medical authorities.
In the United States, work is also underway on a male contraceptive called Vasalgel, which works in a similar way.
Speaking about the potential contraceptive advantages, Dr. Amanda adds, “I think women would find a real benefit if they didn’t have to worry about their partner taking the pill. It gives a little peace of mind.”
According to the Daily Mail, the advantage of this injection is that it is not dependent on hormones, since attempts to develop male birth control pills based on sex hormones in the past have had problems, including side effects such as acne and mood changes – both of which are from Common side effects of birth control pills for women.
Whether it’s condoms, vasectomies or the female contraceptive pill, experts feel it’s always good to have other alternatives – sterilization of women has also fallen in NHS hospitals – from 15,189 in 2010-11 to 7665 in 2020-21 – a drop of 50 % .
In an earlier report that appeared in Healthline, Dr. Raygan MacDonald Mosley, chief medical officer of Planned Parenthood Federation of America, reportedly said: “It is important to note that birth control methods are not one-size-fits-all, so the ideal method for one person may not be suitable for someone else.
“In addition to health and potential for side effects, some of the most common factors people consider when weighing birth control methods are contraceptive efficacy, ease of use, future reproductive plans, cost, privacy, and partner acceptance. Age and method continuity are factors that It must be taken into account.”
She reportedly added, “We know the transformative impact of birth control on people’s lives. We see it every day in our patients and supporters. There’s a lot to celebrate about birth control: The ability to plan, prevent, and space out pregnancy are directly linked to the benefits for women, men, children, and society.” Including more educational and economic opportunities, healthier children, and more stable families.
“It can also enhance people’s sex lives, and help them feel less stressed about pregnancy.”
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