Men could soon depend on this ‘gel’ to prevent pregnancies in partners; heres more
With men currently having two options for birth control including condoms or a vasectomy, hopes are up for new kind of gel which is supposed to work the same intent after being rubbed into the men’s upper arms and shoulders every day enabling it to soak into their bloodstream.
Work is now on to perfect this gel tech as it works by using two synthetic hormones, testosterone and a form of progestin.
Progestin blocks the testes from making enough testosterone to produce normal levels of sperm while the synthetic testosterone counteracts any hormone imbalance caused by the progestin.
So far, the method has proved effective in an initial six-month study by reducing the sperm count for 89 per cent of men to less than one million sperm per millimetre leading to ‘very low pregnancy rates.’
Meanwhile, there was a complete absence of sperm production in 78 per cent of men.
More than 400 couples will participate in the study which will take place at sites in the US, the UK, Italy, Sweden, Chile, and Kenya.
Men in the trial will take home a pump bottle of the gel and rub about half a teaspoon of it on their upper arms and shoulders every day.
Their sperm levels will be monitored for at least four months while their partners use some form of female contraception. Then when the men’s sperm level is low enough to effectively prevent pregnancy – considered to be less than one million per millilitre –the women will go off their birth control. >