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World's First Male Birth Control Injection Is Now ‘Ready’ For Production

Scientists have already spent years trying to create an effective male contraceptive. But one team from India believes they already found what could be the world’s first contraceptive injection for men and it may soon enter the market. 

The Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) recently announced the last clinical trials of the product. Researchers said the last thing needed for the injectable male contraceptive is an approval for production from the country’s drug administration, IFLScience reported

“The product is ready, with only regulatory approvals pending with the Drugs Controller,” RS Sharma, a senior scientist at ICMR, told The Hindustan Times. “The trials are over, including extended, phase 3 clinical trials for which 303 candidates were recruited with 97.3 percent success rate and no reported side-effects.” 

How The Male Contraceptive Works

ICMR called the product the reversible inhibition of sperm under guidance (RISUG). In tests, it remained effective for up to 13 years.

Researchers said that with the long term effects of RISUG, it may soon be an alternative to a surgical vasectomy. It is applied by injecting the contraceptive into the vas deferens, the little tubes outside of the testicle, which work to transport sperm to the ejaculatory ducts and towards the penis.

Work on RISUG started in India in the 1970s. Initial experiments failed to deliver the drug to the market due to numerous setbacks.

The ICMR said once they secure approval from India’s government, the product can “safely be called the world’s first male contraceptive.” The manufacturing process is expected to take six to seven months before the first batch of products become available. 

Works on an effective male contraceptive have been ongoing for years across the world. In India, researchers started testing RISUG in the 1970s. 

Another ongoing project that recently saw progress in delivering a product that men could use for easy and reversible contraception involves the use of a special gel. The topical product only requires rubbing onto the shoulders each morning.

Researchers said the gel effectively "tricks" the body into thinking it already produced enough sperm. The product also helps increase levels of progesterone, which temporarily stops sperm production.

sperm A research team from India has completed clinical trials of what could be the world’s first contraceptive injection for men. Pixabay