Birth controls like pills and condoms aren’t sometimes efficient since some people may forget them in the heat of the moment. Almost 40% of the US pregnancies are unplanned.
There are long-lasting birth control means but in many cases they involve and invasive procedure like an implant and a professional needs in order to complete the procedure successfully.
A team of researchers has invented a new birth control for women. A patch can be applied on the arm or leg and will provide a dose that will last for a full month.
The substance is delivered via microneedles, and the patch will gradually release the hormone as time passes in order to prevent an overdose or any other complications. The patch works like similarly to the needle-free vaccines that were developed by the University.
Providing a wider choice when it comes to contraceptives is great step in the prevention of unwanted pregnancies. The fact that the patch needs to be used once per month makes it very attractive since it removes the danger of forgetting to take the contraceptive, a phenomenon that occurs often when pills are involved.
The American College of Obsteticians and Gynecologyts have recommended IUD and implants in the past since they were the most reliable and safe solution. The problem with this method is that they are found very rarely in developing countries. A trained professional is needed for the procedure and some risks like needle injuries and the perpetuation of some disease by using old needles is also possible.
Research has shown that long-lasting contraceptive methods are used by 7% percent of the teenagers. Most young people prefer to use condoms and birth control pills since they can be easily bought over -the-counter.
The patches made by Georgia Tech are also cheap, with an estimated manufacturing cost of one dollar. Further test are needed in order to verify the efficacy of the method in the long run but the method seems viable for now.