Next year, a new form of contraception begins preclinical trials in the U.S. The MicroCHIPS device will be implanted under the skin in a woman’s abdomen, butt, or bicep. And managed wirelessly via remote control.
This new contraceptive device will be relatively tiny, measuring 0.78 x 0.78 x 0.27 inches, and it’s designed to dispense 30 micrograms of levonorgestrel – the same hormone in Mirena and the new Skyla IUD – per day. But unlike an IUD, the new implant will last 16 years, and you don’t have to run back to the doctor to remove it in order to get pregnant.
“To conceive, women turn off the implant with a remote control,” writes Gwen Kinkead in MIT Technology Review. “Another click of the remote restarts it.”
Sounds easy enough. Yet weird, considering the device it controls will be under one’s skin and not resting on a wall or an entertainment center.
The developers expect the implant to hit the market in 2018.