by Linda A. Johnson
U.S. regulators on Friday authorised a contraception gel that works in a brand new technique to forestall being pregnant.
Phexxi—pronounced FECK’-see—is available in an applicator that ladies insert earlier than intercourse. The gel made by San Diego-based Evofem Biosciences incorporates lactic acid, citric acid and potassium bitartrate, all of that are widespread meals components.
The brand new gel has some similarities to spermicides, which block the doorway to the cervix and gradual sperm down. However Phexxi works in a different way.
The vagina’s pH—a measure of acidity—is normally within the vary of three.5 to 4.5, the extent wanted to keep up wholesome micro organism. Sperm sometimes increase that to a extra hospitable stage of seven to eight. Phexxi retains it within the normal acidic vary, killing the sperm.
In contrast to another contraceptives, it solely must be taken shortly earlier than intercourse and it would not include hormones, which might trigger unwanted side effects some girls cannot tolerate.
The corporate mentioned Phexxi could have an inventory worth of $250 to $275 for a field of 12 with out insurance coverage.
In a research of 1,400 girls aged 18 to 35, Phexxi was about 86% efficient on common over seven menstrual cycles and a complete of greater than 34,000 acts of intercourse. That is a bit higher than condoms, spermicides and different on-demand contraceptives.
The Meals and Drug Administration authorised Phexxi solely as a contraceptive, however Evofem mentioned its testing signifies the gel additionally reduces the chance of an infection by gonorrhea and chlamydia. The corporate plans to begin a big affected person research by 12 months’s finish, then submit outcomes to the company for approval as a second product, for stopping these infections.
Evofem would promote it beneath a distinct identify, and certain might tout Phexxi as each birth control and a method of serving to to assist forestall not less than some sexually transmitted ailments.
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