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Introducing: The Birth Control of the Future

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Your days of popping birth control pills could soon be coming to an end: A proposed new method of contraception may have the ability to be switched on and off via remote control (yep, a remote control!), according to a MIT Technology Review.

Here’s how it works: A tiny implant (20 x 20 x 7 millimeters) would be inserted under the skin of your butt, upper arm, or stomach (interesting?), and each day it would automatically dispense 30 micrograms of levonorgestrel into your body—a hormone already used in several kinds of contraceptives. The dosage would be released thanks to an internal battery that triggers the opening of tiny reservoirs. (Talk about no more remembering or forgetting the Pill!)

As for women who are ready to conceive? Get this: You could simply turn the device off with the click of a remote, and then turn it back on when you’re ready to start receiving the daily dosages of hormones. Amazing. But the best part? After 16 years of use, the device can either be removed or replaced. (To put things in perspective, currently no hormonal birth control lasts over five years!)

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According to the review, the idea originated two years ago when Bill Gates and his colleagues visited MIT’s lab. And now the company behind the device, MicroCHIPS, would like to see pre-clinical testing begin as soon as next year in the U.S., with the goal to have it available to the public come 2018.

What do you think about this news? Would you say sayonara to the Pill in favor of this little, low-maintenance device? Tell us in the comments below or tweet us @Shape_Magazine!


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