After injecting this compound into the vas deferens, the sperm will be unable to penetrate the jelly coat of the egg, and thus, pregnancy is prevented. The most amazing aspect of this birth control method is that it is effective for at least 10 years, and is completely reversible. RISUG is cheap and low maintenance, with few to no side effects observed in most subjects. Plus, the procedure takes about five minutes.
Since 2001, an Indian company has had the rights to this method. RISUG testing in India has reached Phase III clinical trials, and much testing concluded that it was safe and effective. However, it has not yet been approved, preventing the procedure from being released to the public.
- The treatment is effective for at least 10 years. No clinical subject has gotten anyone pregnant yet. It should last longer than 10 years.
- Only a small portion of test subjects experienced swelling of the scrotum for up to two weeks after the injection. No other side effects were observed.
- The method is not hormonal. It does not affect testosterone or estrogen levels.
- RISUG can be injected through the skin or directly into the vas deferens, depending on the skill of the physician.
- The procedure can be reversed at any time, either through an invasive injection that flushes the polymer out or non-invasively. The non-invasive method “involves a combination of vibration, a low electric current, and per rectal massage to dislodge the polymer and move it through the vas deferens.”
- Questions still remain about the chances of pregnancy after a long period of use, but a recent study revealed that the testes and vas deferens returned to normal within 150 days of the reversal procedure.
Obviously, there’s a ways to go before RISUG is ever approved in the U.S. There are still way too many questions, but it’s a start. If it’s ever approved and shown to be a safe, reversible procedure, would you consider it? Should men consider it to take some of the birth-control burden off of their female partners?
Let us know what you think.