Every two years, people from around the world gather at the International Conference on Family Planning (ICFP). In 2018, the conference is being held in November in Kigali, Rwanda.
Vasectomy and condoms are the only current options for male contraception. The most popular form of long-acting male contraception is a vasectomy. Unfortunately, vasectomies are not considered truly reversible. Reversal of a vasectomy is often expensive, and requires a long surgery by a specialized provider.
Within the male reproductive system, the epididymis and the vas deferens make up the duct system of the male reproductive organs. These ducts are connected to the testicles. The epididymis is a set of two coiled tubes (one for each testicle) that connects the testicle directly to the vas deferens.
Simply put, testicles are where sperm come from. And many male contraceptive methods involve preventing the creation of sperm, while others may disrupt sperm function of mature sperm. But how do testicles play their part in the reproductive system?
To create new male contraceptive options, we have to understand the male reproductive system. Human males have reproductive organs (also called genitals) that are both inside and outside the pelvis. Altogether, the male genitals include four parts that comprise the male reproductive system.