New Male Contraceptive Procedure Takes 15 Minutes

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2010-04-05 16:43

Women have a wide range of contraceptive options from which to choose, while men have had to rely on condoms or vasectomy. Now there is a new male contraceptive device that takes 15 minutes or less to implant, requires no cutting, and the procedure is reversible.

A male contraceptive pill is not yet available, but now there is Pro-Vas, the first male contraceptive procedure that involves implanting a tiny titanium spring clip, which stops the flow of sperm. The procedure can be done in a doctor’s office without a need for general anesthesia.

The clip is pre-loaded into an applicator that the doctor uses to place the device into the vas deferens, the two tubes that transport sperm from the testes to the urethra. According to the manufacturer’s (MenRX Surgical/Gyrx LLC) website, the clip uses a titanium torsion spring to apply continuous pressure onto the vas, which stops the flow of sperm.

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Men who undergo this procedure must continue to use another form of birth control for 2 to 3 months post implantation, until the body is able to eliminate all the sperm that remains in the system. Doctors conduct a sperm check at six and twelve weeks after the procedure to make sure all sperm has been stopped and the device can be relied upon as a form of birth control.

Most men can resume their normal activities in less than one day after the procedure. Possible complications include bruising of the scrotum, infection of the puncture in the scrotum, failure by the physician to place one or both clips correctly, and failure to become azoospermatic (no measurable sperm) within three months.

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