Well, sort of.
The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation announced that they’re backing a company called microCHIPS in their efforts to make a remote control contraceptive chip. Say what?!
According to the MIT Technology Review, this BC chip is small and can be implanted into a patient’s upper arm, butt or abdomen and last for up to 16 years. 16 years! Patients would be able to turn the chip on and off at leisure, and “doctors could also adjust dosages remotely.” So basically, you could get this put in and not have to get it removed if you wanted to get pregnant, which is pretty cool.
The chip would release 30 micrograms levonorgestrel a day through a thin membrane using an electrical current. The current melts the seal just enough to let out the dosage. MicroCHIPS founder Robert Farra explains, “The idea of using a thin membrane like an electric fuse was the most challenging and the most creative problem we had to solve.” I’ll say. This is blowing my mind right now, you guys.
MicroCHIPS will start pre-clinical testing next year with hopes of having it on the market in the United States by 2018. The chip would have to be approved by the Food and Drug Administration first, but there is still a lot of research and testing that needs to happen before bringing it to the FDA. MIT Technical Review noted, “it will be necessary to encrypt the chips to keep their wireless data flow private and secure.”
Uh, that means your birth control could be hacked. WTF? That’s pretty scary. At the same time, this is such a huge development in the birth control world and science in general. I love having an IUD, but I have to get it removed in a few years. If I want another one, I have to get a new one inserted. I’m not looking forward to that.
It would be awesome to have a birth control option that would be kept in for longer like this chip. And if they can do this for hormones, I bet they could develop the chip to release medications to alleviate cramps or other issues.
Would you ever get this birth control chip? What do you think about it? Tell us in the comments!