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Nathan Lawrentschuk on Male Contraception

USANZ Member, Professor Nathan Lawrentschuk, recently spoke to the ABC about a world-first clinical trial for a new male contraceptive pill. In this so-called "no scalpel vasectomy" a hydrogel is inserted into the vas deferens where the gel hardens and blocks sperm from exiting. The gel dissolves after two years, offering a breakthrough alternative to permanent vasectomies and female contraceptive pills. Prof Lawrentschuk, the principal investigator on the study, described how the technology fills a "huge gap in the market", noting the trial has been inundated with applicants. You can read the full article here.

The topic of male birth control was subsequently covered in detail in Elle, including a reference to Prof Lawrentschuk's work.

It's great to see our members speaking widely about issues that are so important to the general community.

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