Contraception, who’s job is it now?

A new form of male contraception will be on the market and available for use by 2017, experts say.

With over fifteen different types of contraception available for women in the UK today, it is a question as to whether a new male contraceptive method, other than the condom, would be even looked into by men.

A new type of male contraception that has been developed over the past six years is set to change the way people approach their reproductive health.

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Vasalgel, a “significant advantage for male contraception“, is not an oral contraceptive, but instead is a polymer injection into the ‘vas deferens’, better known as the tube the sperm swim through. The polymer then blocks the sperm from passing through the tube as they are too big, and so are absorbed back into the body.

Experts from the Parsemus Foundation say that the Vasalgel will be available to use in 2017, however there are fears that pharmaceutical companies will not fund it as so much money can be made from female contraceptives.

Many men still feel strongly that it is the woman’s responsibility to administer contraception, as they are all free on the NHS. One of the only two forms of male contraception, condoms, are not free on the NHS and can break meaning they are not 100% reliable. They are not always available “in the heat of the moment” either.

There have been no health risks or side effects associated with Vasalgel as of yet, correlating with the fact there have also been no human trials as of yet. There are also doubts as to whether Vasalgel is reversible, making it similar to a vasectomy; irreversible.

Some women are also driven away from using the contraceptive pill due to increased risk of thrombosis and more recently discussed; depression. This could mean the male contraceptive could become more popular than ever.

Miss Nay Karimi, who has used the contraceptive pill since she was fourteen years old, finally came off the pill as it supposedly gave her bouts of anxiety.

“The doctor recommended I change to the ‘Yasmin’ pill to improve my skin as a final measure before moving onto the controversial roaccutane acne drug.

“I had honestly never felt so unhappy in my life. I have experienced years of anxiety issues since.”

The Family Planning Association are however dismissing the idea that the pill is the cause of depression, as there has been no scientific or specific link  between the two when researched.

There has however been correlation between the amount of young women that are on the combined pill that are also on antidepressants, found after a study by the University of Copenhagen.

23 year old Charlotte Foster also died due to brain damage caused by a clot in her lung, just months after taking the controversial contraceptive pill ‘Dianette’, which is banned in France and Canada.

Hannah Upton, media manager of the Family Planning Association (FPA), disagrees with the scientific report and also how the media reports it as such.

“We can’t say that everyone should stop using the pill, the evidence is that the benefits from the pill far outweigh the risks associated, we would also comment that people need to learn that it is most definitely not only the woman’s responsibility and that everyone needs to be responsible for they own actions.

“If something serious were to happen, like in Charlotte’s case, women still need to know there are many other options available that their doctor can advise and therefore shouldn’t be scared off by the pill.

“Without the pill, there is a risk of getting pregnant which also gives an increased risk of thrombosis. it’s an endless circle.

By Charlotte Brooke


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This article was produced by a student or students on the BA in Journalism at Leeds Beckett University.

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