How would you feel about a birth control method that lasts up to 16 YEARS?! Crazy, right? What if it’s also something you could shut down with a remote control?
We’re not making this up: A project created by the startup MicroCHIPS and funded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation will begin testing this new contraceptive method in 2015 for a prospective 2018 market drop, according to the MIT Technology Review.
It works like this: A 20 x 20 x 7 millimeter chip is implanted under the skin with 16 years’ worth of the contraceptive hormone levonorgestrel (the same hormone found in IUDs and Plan B) imbedded within the device. The hormone would filter out 30 micrograms each day. With one click of a button, the chip turns off, allowing a woman to conceive. Another click of a button, and the chip will turn back on and prevent pregnancy. Currently, the longest-acting birth control method is the IUD, some of which can last up to five years.
Although this contraceptive method is intriguing (and awesomely techy), we’re going to need a lot more information before we hop on board. After all, if celebrity smartphones can be hacked so easily, it makes us a little wary of mixing our technology with our ovaries. MircoCHIPs will have to get FDA approval before the device makes it to market, to ensure that the technology is secure and can’t be hacked. Still, we’re a little on the fence about this one. Click here for more information on the birth control methods that do exist already.
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