Screen Shot 2014-07-09 at 4.29.37 PMNext 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.

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  • 1989

    Cool. I love my Mirena but if I could get even longer protection without having to go through that insertion process again (shudders) I would in a heartbeat.

  • Sarabi

    No thanks

  • ALM247

    Nope. Technology freezes and malfunctions too much.

    I could just imagine some dude playing games with this, and hitting the remote while his girl is asleep. He would be trying to prevent pregnancy, but he’ll mess around and cause his girl to have a stroke by causing too many doses of hormones to enter the bloodstream.

    How about instead of coming up with 200 types of birth control for women, these scientists stop making excuses for men and create more types of birth control for men? I’m tired of 95% of sexual responsibility always falling on the female gender.

    • 1989

      I imagine you’d go to the doctor to turn it on/off, like a pacemaker. Else there’s no way…my little cousins could find the remote and wreak havoc.

    • Kissyfaced

      I don’t know, the quote in the article makes it seem like the consumer can control the remote. I would think there would be a passcode or something to prevent others from using it, though. I wonder if the consumer loses the remote if they could buy another for an affordable price. I like the idea, but it doesn’t sound foolproof, but then again, most bc methods aren’t without their negative points.

    • ALM247

      Well, it says “women turn off the implant with a remote control” in the piece above. That would see to infer that the remote is kept at home with the woman who has the implant.

  • Procrastinator

    This sound like the plot for Stepford Wives, lol.