The longest-lasting and most flexible contraceptive ever invented is currently being developed by a Massachusetts Biotech Company: an implantable contraceptive that can be activated and deactivated by the user.
The real draw card for the prototype is that women can 'deactivate' their birth control without having to go to a doctor. The device is currently being tested for safety, efficacy and security, MicroCHIPS hopes to introduce the product to be used in the United States in 2018.
In contrast to current contraceptive implants that last about three years and are the size of a matchstick, this new idea by MicroCHIPS Inc. will be only 20 millimeters long and delivers birth control hormones automatically into the person's blood stream every day for as long as 16 years.
The chip would lie under the skin in the buttocks, upper arm or abdomen and slowly release levonorgestrel, a hormone used in some types of the Pill, in some types of hormonal IUDs.
Backed by The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, Bill Gates is sponsoring the business venture in accordance with the foundations family planning strategy and sees the contraceptive chip as not an innovation just intended for the Western world but also for developing countries, where women would benefit from having a choice and further rights in their own reproduction.
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