RISUG: The Revolutionary New Birth Control For Men

It’s quite obvious in today’s world that we’re lacking readily available contraceptives for men. Unless you’re talking vasectomy (permanent and only sometimes reversible), spermicide (which is highly ineffective), or the pull-out method (which is a total joke), men are pretty much devoid of all the contraception options that women are offered. Well, perhaps not anymore. Enter Reversible Inhibition of Sperm Under Guidance (RISUG).

You can read more about RISUG here, but in short it goes like this: injections are introduced into both vasa deferentia that partially block them and sort of deactivate the sperm as they pass through. Unlike a vasectomy where you “shoot blanks” so to speak, you still ejaculate sperm, but the sperm are all dead. Effectiveness is comparable to that of vasectomy, and lasts about 10 years, but it’s readily and easily reversible by a follow-up injection to flush the silicone or whatever it is out of the vasa deferentia. It also takes effect quicker than vasectomy (which can take up to three months), usually in about 72 hours. I kind of think of it as a “male IUD” if you will.

So why hasn’t anyone heard of it until now? Why is it just now getting media attention? Well, you know, that completely and totally beats me. With so many doctors refusing to perform vasectomies on young men or men without children, you’d think they’d jump all over a form of birth control that’s highly effective and readily reversible. Well, two things come to mind when I think of this, and maybe I’m off my rocker but here it goes. One, this child-friendly world doesn’t want such a thing because breeding is “God’s will” or “natural” or whatever you want to say about that. Two, is that the men of the world are still extremely sexist and think that the responsibility of using contraception falls solely on women (which is completely and utterly repulsive).

That said, I don’t ever look for it to be approved for use anywhere in North America, as North American countries (and particular the United States and the crooked FDA) makes it a point of censoring and/or blocking effective treatments for ailments that will not really net them any profit. I can’t see much profit to be made on this as one, not many men would do it, and two, it’s a simple procedure not worth more than a couple hundred dollars. Oh well, that’s the name of the game with medicine, which is sad.

That said, would I get RISUG? Oh HELL yes. I’d have gotten it in my teens had it been available, which would have bought me 10 years from that point to find a doctor to do a vasectomy on me. I would even still get it now, even after a successful vasectomy. Why? In my mind you never can be too careful, and it just takes simple probability to explain. With RISUG and vasectomy having comparable success rates, each one about 99.9% (though with vasectomy this goes to 100% pretty much after the first year), and the fact that the probabilities of either one failing is completely independent of the other failing, you get a failure rate of less than 0.01%! Anything to lessen the chance of unwanted pregnancy even further is, in my mind, a plus.

So men, sound off: would you get RISUG?

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About coolchildfreeguy

Childfree guy living in Mexico City. Professional pilot by day, all-around fun guy by night.

Posted on April 17, 2012, in Childfree, Medicine, Men's Health, Parenting. Bookmark the permalink. 4 Comments.

  1. I just want to know which clinic or hospital have the service if i want to use RISUG for family planning???

    • You’ll have to look in your country of residence. It’s not approved for use anywhere in North America or Europe as far as I understand it. It’s been developed in India, and at the time being you may just have to go somewhere there to get it, I don’t know.

      Sorry I can’t help you there, I wish I could though! RISUG is such a great invention.

  2. do you have any contact that can i refer to in Malaysia??
    appreciate you can reply me the answer soon

  3. I read about RISUG awhile ago, and agree with your assessment with why it’s not getting the attention it deserves: 1. it violates soceity’s normative expectation that *everyone* have children 2. patriarchy puts the onus of birth control on women and 3. it is not especially profitable (execs at the Trojan company alone must have had a small heart attack when they found out about RISUG). As a woman, reason #2 naturally concerns me the most since it involves actual legislation, which is determined mostly by men as well…

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