World's first male contraceptive injection could be just six months away.

The injection will be effective for 13 years.

November 21 2019


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The product is made up of a compound, Styrene Maleic Anhydride, that inhibits sperm production.

It works via an injection issued by a health professional under local anesthesia into the vas deferens, a tube near the testicles.

“The product is ready, with only regulatory approvals pending with the Drugs Controller," Dr RS Sharma, senior scientist with ICMR, told local news outlet Hindustan Times.

"The trials are over, including extended, phase 3 clinical trials for which 303 candidates were recruited with 97.3% success rate and no reported side-effects," he said.

"The product can safely be called the world’s first male contraceptive."

While Sharma is optimistic, rigorous quality testing means it won't be available for a minimum of six months.

VG Somani, the Drug Controller General of India, says it may "take about six to seven months for all the approvals to be granted before the product can be manufactured."


“It’s the first in the world from India so we have to be extra careful about approval. We are looking at all aspects, especially the good manufacturing practice (GMP) certification that won’t raise any questions about its quality,” said Somani.

Woman's world

While a surgical vasectomy is currently the only approved method of contraception for men, according to a 2015 study, more than 2.5 million Australian women between the ages of 18 and 49 (47.9%) were using some form of contraception.

At the time, the oral contraceptive pill was the most popular method with just less than half (44.5%) of Australian women who used contraception reported taking it as their primary method of birth control.

Originally published as Indian researchers say male contraceptive injections are six months away from consumer use