If I were going to describe the perfect contraceptive, it would go something like this: no babies, no latex, no daily pill to remember, no hormones to interfere with mood or sex drive, no negative health effects whatsoever, and 100 percent effectiveness. The funny thing is, something like that currently exists.
The procedure called RISUG (reversible inhibition of sperm under guidance) takes about 15 minutes with a doctor, is effective after about three days, and lasts for up to 10 years. A doctor applies some local anesthetic, makes a small pinhole in the base of the scrotum, reaches in with a pair of very thin forceps, and pulls out the small white vas deferens tube. Then, the doctor injects a polymer called Vasalgel, pushes the vas deferens back inside, puts a band aid over the small hole, and the man is on his way. If this all sounds incredibly simple and inexpensive, that’s because it is. The chemicals themselves cost less than the syringe used to administer them.
With one little injection, this non-toxic jelly will sit there for 10 years without you having to do anything else to not have babies. Set it and forget it. Oh, and when you do decide you want those babies, it only takes one other injection of water and baking soda to flush out the gel, and within two to three months, you’ve got all your healthy sperm again.
The trouble is, most people don’t even know this exists. And if men only need one super-cheap shot every 10 years, that’s not something that gets big pharmaceutical companies all fired up, because they’ll make zero money on it (even if it might have the side benefit of, you know, destroying HIV).
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“that’s not something that gets big pharmaceutical companies all fired up, because they’ll make zero money on it (even if it might have the side benefit of, you know, destroying HIV)”
I’d definitely change that to “that’s not something that gets big pharmaceutical companies all fired up… (especially if might have the side benefit of destroying HIV)”. Although additionally i think that that’s something of a leap considering that there are no real data yet. Furthermore, that line of rhetoric suggests that this drug might/could displace condoms—as though other STDs are not a big deal. Or as though female to male transmission of HIV doesn’t happen. Kind of fucking ignorant.
Moreover, a big reason why people don’t know this exists is because it doesn’t currently have FDA approval. Phase III trials in India haven’t even been completed yet and there’s some question as to the conformity of earlier (US and other) trials to international standards, as well as some question as to the toxicity and carcinogenicity of the drug.
For the sweet Anon who requested tips for curly hair :)
Row 1: A logical starting point = The head! Basically, by first putting down a nicely shaped skull (think tilted “egg” here), you provide yourself the necessary framework upon which you can then build hair “movement.”