As many a teenager is taught at school, the most effective form of birth control is abstinence, however unfavourable a method it tends to be. But what if men could live without the discomfort and lack of sensation that condoms bring, without women resorting to the hormone-altering pill or at times macabre forms of contraception?
The answer may soon be found in a revolutionary new form of male contraception that one scientist in Delhi, India, Sujoy Guha has been developing for the last 30 years, in the face of heavy scepticism and bureaucracy within the scientific and medical industries, Wired reveals.
The RISUG, or procedure of 'reversible inhibition of sperm under guidance' sees sperm neutralised on its passing through the male scrotum before emission.
'The procedure is known by the clunky acronym RISUG [...], but it is in fact quite elegant: The substance that [physicians can inject into a patient's 'vas deferens' is] a nontoxic polymer that forms a coating on the inside of the vas. As sperm flow past, they are chemically incapacitated, rendering them unable to fertilize an egg.'
The World Health Organisation has taken a keen interest in Guha's work and evaluations are being carried out to see whether the procedure can be regulated and introduced to the West.
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