Finally, a male contraceptive gel with 100% success rate?
Los Angeles : Finally, good news for females as a male contraceptive gel with a 100% success rate has been found to prevent pregnancy for up to two years.
Yes, you read it right and experts believe that Valsagel will be an instant hit in market.
According to experts, the gel blocks the male sperm duct after Valsalgel is injected into the vas deferens - the tube that carries sperm out of the testicles - where it forms an impenetrable gel barrier.
The study in rabbits last year also showed that the gel had the potential to provide a reversible alternative to vasectomy.
Notably, Vasectomy involves cutting and sealing off the vas deferens. It is also interesting to note that the gel could be removed by flushing the duct with baking soda solution.
The announcement was made by lead scientist Dr Catherine VandeVoort, from California National Primate Research Centre, said: "Our research shows that Vasalgel placement into the vas deferens produces reliable contraception in mature male rhesus monkeys as shown by the lack of pregnancies in reproductively viable females with which the males were housed. Importantly, we show that the method of Vasalgel placement is safe and produced fewer complications than usually occur with a vasectomy."
She added: "Vasalgel shows real promise as an alternative to vasectomy because research in rabbits has previously shown the product to be reversible."
Valsalgel, which is not classified as a pharmaceutical product, is made by the non-profit Parsemus Foundation in Berkeley, California and is expected to go for clinical trials next year.