Finally, a condom men want to wear! For hundreds of years, the basic design of condoms has remained the same, only with materials changing. During the Renaissance period, condoms were made of animal intestines or bladders. From the 19th Century onward, condoms made from rubber and latex emerged, followed by polymer-based materials such as polyurethane and polyisoprene. Until today, the main criticism of condoms’ design is that they greatly reduce the sensation and pleasure during sexual intercourse. Condoms also have a failure rate of 15% to 18%, caused by slippage, breakage, inconsistent usage, and improper application.
As a result, men’s condom use is declining, going from the top contraceptive option of 75% of men in 2011 to only 42% in 2021, according to a survey from the Department of Health and Human Services. Around half (49%) of pregnancies in the US are unintended, with a public cost of $21 billion.
With most men reluctant to ‘wrap up’, Charles Powell, founder and CEO of Powell Development Group Inc. (PDGI), developed the Galactic Cap, It is not actually a condom, but rather a glans sheath that features an adhesive ‘cap’ design, which helps reduce the problems of slippage and breakage associated with conventional condoms. The Galactic Cap’s advanced design fits safely and securely on the head of the penis, leaving the coronal ridge and shaft exposed. This allows for greater skin-to-skin contact, greatly increasing sensitivity and pleasure.
The Galactic Cap is similar to a bandage, with two layers protected by a peel-off backing. One layer has an adhesive that has been approved by the FDA for use on skin. The other layer forms a leak-proof pocket that collects the semen. After intercourse, the wearer can apply some baby oil to release the adhesive and take the Galactic Cap off.
Powell Development Group Inc., the Galactic Cap
To date, PDGI has completed multiple test marketing surveys, from over 200 couples from 30 countries reporting the device was used without adverse effects and greatly improved satisfaction.
Powell says the inspiration behind the Galactic Cap came when one of his friends contracted HIV in the 1980s, back when it was almost a death sentence. While his friend fortunately survived, thanks to advancements in antiretroviral drugs, Powell thought about why people were so reluctant about using condoms, even when they were being promoted as a way to prevent STIs, and he concluded that it was because it reduced the enjoyment of sex. While a conventional condom remains the best way of protecting against STIs, the Galactic Cap seeks to provide a more pleasurable alternative to help prevent unintended pregnancies.
According to Powell, while condoms do the job of protecting against pregnancy and sexually transmitted infections (STIs) such as HIV/AIDS, they are useless if people don’t use them. Thus, the Galactic Cap is a contraceptive only, and is targeted at men who would otherwise not use a condom due to diminished enjoyment. If users are concerned with STIs, they should simply use a condom. Powell says the Galactic Cap represents a major innovation in male contraceptives.
To gain authorization to sell the product in the US, PDGI is currently working on FDA approval for the Galactic Cap as a contraceptive device. It is setting up a Phase 1 clinical trial at a major US university. It has applied for a research grant from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) for the study, which will involve 36 couples and is expected to last less than a year.
In 2024-2025, PDGI plans to embark on Phase 2 and Phase 3 research studies, which will be funded by a combination of grants from the NIH and private sources, in order to satisfy the FDA’s product efficacy and safety data requirements. Once FDA approval has been obtained, PDGI will apply for approval from the European Medicines Agency (EMA) and scale up production of the Galactic Cap, allowing it to be distributed globally through licensing and partnership deals with partners worldwide.
Powell says that widespread adoption of the Galactic Cap will give men another option for contraception, allowing them to take more responsibility for birth control, whereas previously, that responsibility was mostly on women, such as through pills, implants, or IUDs. Due to the method of removal, the Galactic Cap will also prevent what is known as stealthing, where a man removes the condom without the woman’s knowledge – a serious criminal violation of sexual consent that is tantamount to rape.
“We believe we have created the finest, most pleasurable male contraceptive in the world in the Galactic Cap,” Powell says. “Do men and women today want to continue another 400 years with the traditional condom design that diminishes sexual pleasure? We also believe the answer is no. The future is now, as we’re in the age of AI and all kinds of technological innovation. The Galactic Cap is the next step of innovation for male contraception, helping protect against unplanned pregnancy while maximizing pleasure for both partners.”
Contact: Charles Powell
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