Donald Sonn has been a urologist for more than 20 years, and in his profession has tackled many issues affecting male reproductive health. Birth control is one of them, and in this discussion, condoms and vasectomies have been the prevalent forms of control at men’s disposal. However, advancement in technology might mean the male equivalent of birth control sometime in the future.
Birth control experts see that if there’s male birth control available, it might not be a for a while. There are various obstacles to overcome, including the development period and existing policies. The pharmaceutical industry might also not be quite enthused at introducing new forms of birth control for a number of reasons – legal disputes and the risk of disrupting an already-flourishing oral contraceptive market. Scientists also argue that blocking sperm is more difficult than controlling ovulation of a single egg. Above all, it may take a while to refine potential contraceptives to handle any side effects.
Despite these obstacles, there are a few options that could be used as forms of male birth control.
The Parsemus Foundation has been working on a reversible form of vasectomy that involves no surgery. In this procedure, a polymer jelly is injected into the tube that transports semen and it forms a plug. The jelly can be dissolved by injecting a separate solution.
Any male implants could take the form of the popular women’s birth control option Nexplanon – a small rod that is implanted in a woman’s arm and that releases hormones.
Donald Sonn is a highly skilled urologist and surgeon who has been practicing medicine since 1997.
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