Imagine not having to worry about taking your birth control pills. Imagine never having to schedule that annoying “take your pill now” alarm into your smartphone. Imagine your beau not having to wear a condom when you’re having sex. Too good to be true, right? Maybe not.
Introducing the new birth control of the future: Thanks to a project funded by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, a U.S firm called MicroCHIPS is developing a birth control microchip that can last up to 16 years! And get this, it can be turned on or off using a wireless remote control in case the female subject decides to get pregnant. According to the MIT Technology Review, the chip holds approximately two decades worth of a commonly used birth control hormone called levonorgestrel, which would release 30 micrograms of the hormone into the body per day. In order for it to work, the microchip would be implanted into the woman’s buttocks, upper arm or abdomen.
Now if you think this is some crazy invention of the future, think again. This microchip will hopefully begin preclinical testing by the new year and if all goes according to plan, the new birth control may be available for women as soon as 2018.
Interesting, right? Well, here are some of our initial reactions…
Why we think it’s awesome:
- It enables women to control their fertility and reproductive health
- If you already take the pill already, this microchip is perfect. You will never forget to take the pill again!
- You can deactivate it whenever you want
- You can finally enjoy unprotected sex with your beau. No more pills or fussy condoms. HUZZAH!
- You will have a microchip implanted into your body which will make you part cyborg. Who doesn’t want that?
Why we’re skeptical:
- YOU HAVE TO IMPLANT A COMPUTER CHIP THINGY INTO YOUR BODY, YEAH NO THANKS
- Some bored teenager somewhere could hack into your microchip and deactivate it in your sleep (totally possible guys). Even though the MIT Technology Review mentioned the microchip would be heavily encrypted to prevent hackers from accessing it, we’re not totally convinced that’s going to work
- What if it releases too much hormone and you have an unexpected overdose?
- It doesn’t protect you against STDs
So tell us:
Would you ever consider implanting this birth control microchip? Why or why not?
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