Remote control contraceptives? Yup.

Implantable contraceptives have been available for quite some time now.

This variety of birth control gets implanted under the skin and remains in place, slowly releasing a hormone that prevents pregnancy.  The patient doesn’t have to worry about missing a dose of her oral birth control pill (BCP), or worry about running out of pills.

However, this method does require a minor surgical procedure to implant the unit.  And, when the hormone contents of the unit’s reservoir are depleted, the unit needs to be surgically removed and replaced.  And that has to be done fairly frequently.  With this unit, the hormone is continually released 24/7.  If the woman decides that she wants to get pregnant, it has to be removed.

Researchers have now developed an implantable contraceptive unit that is programmable.  It is implanted similarly to the one mentioned above, but, depending on how frequently it is used, it can last for about 16 years.  Therefore, it would probably only have to be replaced once.  The initial implant, and one replacement, would give a woman contraception for about 32 years total.  That’s near to what her reproductive lifespan would be.

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Interestingly, the microchip could be deactivated by the woman herself via remote control, should she decide that she did want to become pregnant.  Or, for example if she or her husband is going into military service, and she has no need for the contraceptive effects of the implant, she can deactivate it, and no hormone will be released for that period.  When she (or her spouse) returns, she can reactivate the implant so that hormone is released again, and she is again unable to bear children.

The reservoirs in this version have “doors” made of titanium and platinum.  When the hormone needs to be released, a tiny current is released from a small battery in the microchip.  The door temporarily melts, the hormone is released.  When the current stops, the door reforms and no more hormone is dispensed.  This can be programmed to be done automatically every day, or as needed.  The researchers are now working on encrypting the chip to make sure that only the woman can program her implant. (An obviously good idea.)

This technology has already been used in humans.  A study was done using a chip like this to treat osteoporosis in post-menopausal women.  The drug was placed in reservoirs in the chip and a programmed daily dose of medication was released.  The women did well with this method having only minor side effects, if any.

With FDA approval this might be something that would be available in about 3-4 years.  Funding for this research was provided by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation’s Family Planning Program.


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Mark Thoma, MD, is a physician who did his residency in internal medicine. Mark has a long history of social activism, and was an early technogeek, and science junkie, after evolving through his nerd phase. Favorite quote: “The most exciting phrase to hear in science... is not 'Eureka!' (I found it!) but 'That's funny.'” - Isaac Asimov

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    One of the problems with BCPs is that a lot of women miss one or more doses/month. That makes BCPs less effective and results in a lot of unplanned pregnancies. With an implantable device, the dosing is automated.

    There are problems with IUDs, too. They can migrate to areas where they aren’t supposed to be, fall out, sometimes cause a perforation, infection, etc. Additionally, there have been a few cases where an IUD caught the male partner’s gentleman parts, causing pain and, sometimes, a trip to the ER.

    I think that it will just provide another option that is much easier for some women. No Rx to get and fill, no problem with forgetting a dose, packing BCPs when she travels, etc.

  • docsterx

    That may be her belief, but that’s not what an abortion is. She may be using semantics to cloud the issue.

  • http://www.americablog.com/ Naja pallida

    I honestly don’t really see this ever really replacing the ease of simply taking a pill every day, at least for most people. It would be one thing if it was a substitute for daily injections, like that osteoporosis drug. It just seems like a rather expensive and complex solution to taking a pill. If one is going to opt for an implantation procedure, an IUD seems like a more logical and cost-effective approach. Of course there will always be people who that isn’t an option, for whatever reason.

    I think Norplant has largely soured the public on the idea, especially with their out of court settling of tens of thousands of lawsuits from women claiming Wyeth refused disclose the true nature of the potential side effects. They never admitted any wrongdoing, but it was enough to discourage them from marketing their followup product, Jadelle, in the US.

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    No this was extremely helpful thank you. The issue for my friend is that even though implantation will not occur, there is a possibility (no matter how small) that an egg could be fertilized. She believes that if a fertilized egg is inside you and you took measures to prevent implantation then that’s abortion.

  • docsterx

    If a woman is using a hormonal based contraceptive (the classic “pill”) it acts in three ways. It can prevent ovulation – so no egg is released.

    However, some times an egg does get released. When this happens, the hormones have already made the uterine (womb) wall less likely to allow the egg to implant.

    Also, the pill causes the cervical mucous to thicken (the cervix is the area at the top of the vagina that is the opening to the uterus). The thicker mucous makes it more difficult for the sperm to get into the uterus.

    Plan B works primarily by preventing ovulation. There is some evidence that it may prevent implantation in the uterus, as well.

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Scheme_female_reproductive_system-en.svg

    HL also defines birth control pills as “abortifacients” but they’re not. An abortifacient is used to terminate a pregnancy (i.e. induce a miscarriage). That’s not what BCPs do. Abortifiacients that are used medically are prostaglandins. BCPs are a combination of the hormones estrogen and progestin.

    Depending on the study, hormonal birth control, if used as directed, can prevent pregnancy in about 99.9% of women. But many women may forget one or more doses during the cycle, so the protection afforded to the “average” woman using BCPs may be more like 91-95% during a given year. That is, about 5-9% of women who use BCP, but miss doses, may get pregnant over the course of a year.

    Does this give you the info you need, or do you have additional questions?

  • http://heimaey.us/ heimaey

    Docsterx I have a question regarding birth control. I was discussing this with my friend the other day and we couldn’t agree nor could we verify with our own research. HL is against the day after pill, plan b etc because the body may”rejects” the fertilized egg (or doesn’t let it attach). I know the way the pill works, it’s supposed to prevent the release of an egg, however, eggs do get released even with regular old BC, so technically fertilization can still occur, it just won’t attach to the womb. Is that correct or is fertilization absolutely impossible with regular BC?

  • Badgerite

    It has always been my belief that Roe v Wade will become a side issue or no issue at all in our political discourse due to inevitable medical advancements in the prevention of unwanted pregnancies. If the Christian right really wanted to prevent abortions they would be giving this stuff out free on the street corners to anyone who wants them. To prevent unwanted pregnancies is the way to prevent abortions, clinic protests not withstanding. For me, to be anti contraception is to be for unwanted pregnancies where people can’t afford or don’t really want children.

  • docsterx

    You’re right, that CAN happen. But we all have bacteremia (bacteria in the bloodstream that can cause infections elsewhere), sometimes frequently, without consequences. Bacteremia can follow tooth brushing or having teeth cleaned, from a urinary tract infection, from a catheter (urinary, intravenous line, etc.), vaginal births, can happen when food is digested and absorbed via the bowel, etc. The immune system effectively destroys the bacteria that get into the blood in almost all cases and there are no serious problems.

    http://www.merckmanuals.com/home/infections/bacteremia_sepsis_and_septic_shock/bacteremia.html

  • http://www.rebeccamorn.com/mind BeccaM

    Since they’re allowed to believe, contrary to reality, that contraception equals abortion and this false belief is considered sufficient justification not to cover it? No, of course they won’t.

  • Indigo

    I am fully mindful of that potential side-effect.

  • docsterx

    That thought crossed my mind, too. Based on the Supreme Court’s ruling, probably not.

  • UncleBucky

    Every time we cut past the exteral barriers (as in implantation), there is the risk of developing a fatal staph-bacterial disease of the blood and heart.

    Just remember.

  • http://heimaey.us/ heimaey

    But will Hobby Lobby cover it?

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