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Alternative male contraceptive options move closer to reality

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Contraline CEO Kevin Eisenfrats holds up Echo-VR gel, a male contraceptive.

Source: The Associated Press

A cruel joke in the male contraceptives field is that a viable product has been "five years away" from market since the 1970s.

This time, though, medical-device developers say they may actually be five years away from commercializing a new male contraceptive.

As for when they might hit the market and be available for use? That could still be 10 years away, leaving condoms and vasectomies as the only male contraceptive options for now.

Innovators in the field of male contraceptives are "scrappy," small and underfunded, according to executives at Male Contraceptive Initiative, or MCI, which facilitates research and development of nonhormonal products to prevent pregnancy.

"Real developments are showing real promise making their way through the pipeline," said Logan Nickels, MCI's director of operations and programs. "And among the general public, these are things people want and will use — which was a case people had trouble making before."

Story: Male-contraceptive developers seek reproductive equity amid limited options

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