Birth Control Via Remote-Controlled Microchip Coming Soon

  • Doug Horn , Design & Trend Staff Writer
  • Jul, 08, 2014, 03:02 PM

MIT scientists have teamed with Bill Gates in developing a revolutionary new microchip birth control implant that would give women the incredible ability to control their contraception wirelessly via remote control.

The implant is made by a startup called MicroCHIPS and could be filled with a whopping 16 years' worth of birth control. When a woman is ready to have a family down the line, she could simply turn the device off with the remote control. She would be able to turn it on again should she need it.

At present, there is no hormonal birth control on the market that lasts longer than five years, according to Monthly Prescribing Reference.

The chip would be implanted under the skin of the abdomen, buttocks or upper arm. It would release 30 micrograms of the hormone levonorgestrel every day.

The mechanism by which the hormone would be released is an electric current that is passed from an internal battery through the seal, which temporarily melts it.

MicroCHIPS president Robert Farra said, ""The idea of using a thin membrane like an electric fuse was the most challenging and the most creative problem we had to solve."

The scientists say that the chip would allow a woman's doctor to adjust dosages remotely as needed, and would be completely encrypted to prevent hacking. The technology could also be used to administer other medications.

According to Bring Me The News, "MIT Technology Review reports the development of MicroCHIPS' device coincides with a new project underway by an international coalition of governments, companies, philanthropic organizations and nonprofits. The coalition, the Review says, is working to provide additional family planning options to 120 million more women around the world over the next six years."

The birth control microchip will start its testing soon, and could be on the market as early as 2018.

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