A group of 25 Australian men will be the first in the world to receive a contraceptive shot as part of a new clinical trial.
The Melbourne men receive a ‘temporary vasectomy’ in the form of a hydrogel during the study being conducted at Epworth Freemasons Hospital in the east of the city.
During the trial, the hydrogel will be injected into the vas deferens – the tubes that carry sperm from the testes.
Researchers say the hydrogel then acts as a form of birth control by preventing the sperm from leaving the testicles.
A group of 25 Australian men will become the world’s first to receive a contraceptive shot as part of a new clinical trial (pictured) at Epworth Freemasons Hospital in Melbourne
The hydrogel is expected to dissolve about two years after the injection, after which the men will have to have the procedure again.
Four of the 25 participants have already been injected with the hydrogel, the study will last three years and regular health checks will be performed.
Urologist at Epworth Freemasons and lead researcher Nathan Lawrentschuk, the study’s lead investigator, is hopeful that the trial will be successful, as the study was conducted on animals.
“If it’s successful, it could be a game-changer and make birth control a shared responsibility between couples,” he said.
Lead researcher and urologist Nathan Lawrentschuk (above) said the contraceptive could be a ‘game-changer’
Professor Lawrentschuk said his team was inundated with Victorian men willing to participate in the trial after a social media appeal.
“We had too much to take care of,” he told local radio station 3AW.
A male contraceptive pill had already been successfully tried, but was not available on the market, mainly due to a lack of support from pharmaceutical companies.
Those taking part in the trial will be given a hydrogel that is injected into the vas deferens – the tubes that carry sperm from the testes
Researchers say the hydrogel then acts as a form of birth control by preventing sperm from leaving the testes
The ‘temporary vasectomy’ only lasts two years, after which the hydrogel will dissolve
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