Would your OH be willing to try this?
Words by Jadie Troy-Pryde
Talk of a male contraceptive injection has been doing the rounds for months now.
At the end of last year, researchers revealed that they had found a way to suppress sperm count in the testicles.
More than 250 men between the ages of 18 and 45 took part in the research, and had all been in monogamous relationships with female partners between the ages of 18 and 38 for at least one year.
Every woman who has suffered from mood swings, depression and acne at the hands of their contraception rejoiced at the news that they might get a bit of a break.
But the study was cut short when a safety review noticed that the male participants began experiencing some uncomfortable side effects – such as mood swings, depression, and acne.
However, it seems that all is not lost for ladies who wish they could put down the pill packet.
Scientists have been trialling a male contraceptive injection that will prevent the body from releasing sperm.
It works by inserting a gel into a tube of the male reproductive system, stopping the sperm from being transported from the testicles to the urethra.
Not only has the injection had a 100% success rate over the last two years, but it is also a reversible procedure.
Professor Adam Balen, Chair of the British Fertility Society, said: ‘This is an interesting technique that achieves a reversible ‘vasectomy’ by blocking the passage of sperm with a substance that later can be flushed out.
‘If free of side effects, then this novel approach has the potential for great promise as a male contraceptive. It is essential to know that the reversibility remains, irrespective of the duration of use.’
Currently, men have two options when it comes to using contraception themselves – either using condoms as a temporary method, or going for the permanent option of a vasectomy.
Women on the other hand have fifteen contraceptive methods available to them in the UK.
So another option for guys that means we can give our bodies and hormones a break? We’re sold.