Aiming to impart an incredible ability for every woman to decide over their pregnancy, a new microchip for birth control implant has been developed by the scientists at MIT in association with Bill Gates.
The scientists say the new biochip would allow women to control their contraception wirelessly via remote control.
The implant, made by a startup called MicroCHIPS, could be filled with 16 years’ worth of birth control.
The testing of the devices will start soon and may be available in the markets as early as 2018.
The biochip could be implanted in an of the body parts- under the skin of the abdomen, buttocks or upper arm. Scientists say the device would release 30 micrograms of the birth controlling hormone levonorgestrel every day. The hormone would be released in the body in the similar way as electric current is passed from an internal battery through the seal.
Researchers explain when a woman is ready to have a family she could turn the birth control device off with the help of a remote control. Moreover, there is also a provision to switch the device on once the woman plans to check her pregnancy.
According to Monthly Prescribing Reference, currently there is no hormonal birth control measure available in the market that lasts longer than five years.
“The idea of using a thin membrane like an electric fuse was the most challenging and the most creative problem we had to solve,” said Robert Farra, president of MicroCHIPS.