During the fifteen-minute procedure, a man is given a local anesthetic, and a polymer gel called Vasalgel is injected into his penis. The gel is designed to break apart sperm for up to 10 years. Although that sounds mighty permanent, researchers say, it’s more reversible than a vasectomy, and men who want to begin making children again can do so in as soon as two to three months. The gel has been studied over the last 25 years.
If you can’t wait to pass the birth control torch to the man in your life, there’s even better news. Researchers believe the procedure will be on the market in the U.S. by 2015, and clinical trials will begin stateside this year. Would you be okay with your man having this procedure done?