Birth Control Chip - A Realistic Future

By 2018, women world-wide may be able to purchase a contraceptive that will last them 16 years. With the backing of Bill Gates, this implantable birth control chip could be reality.

Pre-Clinical Testing of a wireless device that provides 30 micrograms of levonorgestrel each day for 16 years will begin within the next year. Levonorgestrel is a synthetic hormone used in many contraceptives. Hormonal IUDs that are currently available offer protection for only five years. This birth control chip comes with a remote control which allows women to turn their birth control off and on again with just the simple touch of a button. The microchip will be placed under the skin on the abdomin, upper arm or under the buttocks.