Experts predict that a new contraceptive patch that would stop women from getting pregnant for up to six months may be available in the future, and it would completely remove the need to take a contraceptive pill every day.
According to them, women will only have to apply the device to the skin for a few seconds in order for it to be effective. Apparently, micro-needles that release contraceptives into the body will be implanted under the woman’s skin during the application, and the device would actually be completely pain-free and much safer than regular contraception.
The method would totally negate the need to take a contraceptive pill every day, and it would also negate the need of a coil or implant.
Professor Mark Prausnitz from the Georgia Institute of Technology said that there is a lot of interest in providing more options for long-acting contraceptives, and their goal is for women to be able to take long-acting contraceptives by themselves. A microneedle patch that would be applied to the skin just once a month and just for five seconds is the right direction towards it.
According to experts, this technology would also be a safe and easy way for vaccinations to be performed. Even though much more research has to be done before the patch can be used in the real world, Professor Prausnitz believes that they are using a well-established contraceptive hormone, and they are optimistic that the patch will prove to be an effective contraceptive.
The contraceptive patch that lasts for a long time is desirable by many women around the world, but it would be particularly useful in countries where women have limited access to healthcare.
This patch is an appealing advancement in women’s health, and it will afford women a discreet and convenient control over their fertility, which will also help reduce unwanted and unintended pregnancies.