Frequently Asked Questions

Science and research

How much has scientific research for male contraceptives progressed?

New solutions are always being thoroughly researched on a global scale. There are continuous reports on the development of “the male contraceptive pill”, but without any actual advancements.

Another approach makes use of an acrylic composition that is sprayed into the spermatic ducts to cause blockage. If one wants to unblock the spermatic ducts at some point, a counteragent would need to be sprayed into the ducts and the remainder milked out carefully.

There is also a medicinal concept that does not focus on hindering the formation of sperm cells, but on stopping their mobility instead.

There was an unsuccessful project, also concerning a spermatic duct valve that worked electronically with a radio remote control, which would have enabled the user to open and close the spermatic ducts at will.

In addition to these, there is also the natural, but very unreliable, approach that suppresses sperm cell production through regular heating of the testicles by taking hot baths or using electric heating pads. Chewing papaya seeds daily should also be able to reduce male fertility, but this is not guaranteed.

Why are there almost no contraceptives for men?

The production, storage and secretion of sperm cells is an extremely complex biological process. Presently available medication is still not able to successfully provide an hormonal suppression of sperm cell production. It remains to be seen whether these or other pharmaceutical solutions will one day be able to fully achieve this without side-effects. The only reliable method of contraception available to men, aside from having a vasectomy, is the use of a condom.

When will the Bimek SLV be available on the market?

The SLV has not yet been officially approved. As with all medical devices, the SLV first has to undergo extensive clinical trials in which volunteers are tested to determine its effects and safety, before it can be modified and released to the market. In addition, there are technical checks and the manufacturing certification, packaging, sterilisation and further matters are required in order to obtain a CE mark. Only then will the SLV be ready and released on the market.

Can I become a volunteer in the Bimek SLV clinical trials?

Yes. The manufacturer is looking for volunteers for clinical trials. If you are interested, please use the contact form. There are no costs involved if you would like to become a volunteer.

Is the Bimek SLV patented?

Yes. An international PCT application for the Bimek SLV has been submitted.

Will the Bimek SLV be available worldwide?

There is a plan in place to offer the spermatic duct valve on the international market. The potential for this is quite large as there are no successful procedures at present that are capable of providing a reversible vasectomy.

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