World’s First Male Contraceptive Products Could be Available Soon According to Scientists | 22 Words

After years of reliance upon female birth-control, scientists have revealed that the world's first male contraceptive could be available very soon.

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Now, for many years we have heard about the possibility of male contraception.

But, despite all the talk, it has never seemed like it could be an actual possibility.

Until now, that is.

As scientists have revealed that a range of male contraceptives could be available soon...

The news caused quite a divide online with social media users.

With some people praising the new development...

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Scientists working on the contraceptive say that gels, daily pills, and injections could be available.

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Even a reversible vasectomy could be a possibility in the future.

The most promising of them all is segesterone acetate, a gel that has been tested by researchers over the pond at Edinburgh University and Manchester University NHS Foundation Trust.

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The gel, whose brand name is Nestorone, is a synthetic progestin-type female sex hormone, which is used in the female contraceptive pill here in the US.

Each day, the user should rub the gel into his shoulders and upper arms for it to work.

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Over the following twenty-four hours, it then goes into the bloodstream and works by switching off sperm production in the testes.

A professor of clinical reproductive science, Richard Anderson, who is leading the Edinburgh research, said: "We now have 5 couples who have completed a year of using the contraceptive gel without any untoward incidents."

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Speaking with the Daily Mail he explained: "All is going well with the trial, though it will be a good three years before it is completed."

Dr. Christina Wang, who is leading the trial of the gel in the US, said that the pill, gel, and monthly injection are currently the most promising options.

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LadBible reports, she explained: "People like the idea of the daily pill because it's easy, but only between one and three percent of the drugs are absorbed when taking a pill. By contrast, the gel is absorbed by about 10 percent, while the percentage for the injection is almost 100 percent."

"I believe the gel will be approved for sale first, followed by the injection."

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"Trial evidence shows the gel is safe, well-tolerated, and suppresses sperm output to very low levels in more than 90 percent of volunteers."

Reports suggest that the hope of male contraceptive injections or pills rests on an experimental male drug called dimethandrolone undecanoate.

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Professor of medicine at Washington University, Stephanie Page, is working on the preliminary stages of clinical trials and said: "Our phase one study is showing promising results. One hundred men have received injections of various amounts of DMAU. Thus far, the injections are exceedingly well-tolerated."

Research on reversible vasectomies that could prevent pregnancies for thirteen years is also ongoing.

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