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The future of contraceptives is just around the corner and can change your life (again)

We agree: women we are freer and independent thanks to the pill contraceptive, one of the most revolutionary inventions in history. Bravo for her. But yes, we are also thinking of being unfaithful, because although science has evolved today and current pills do not have the disadvantages of the originals, it is true that we are always looking for a contraceptive Make it better, prettier, cheaper and with less side effects.

The contraceptive pill is used by more than one hundred million women worldwide today. A record. In addition, it is a method that has evolved favorably over the years. When these oral hormones were launched in the market they carried very high doses and we all listened with terror to the stories of all possible side effects. But over the years they have been lightening and At present they are presented with very low doses. And yet, its effectiveness is more than 95%.

Even so, science has not stopped investigating new alternatives, which not only offer us the same efficacy and minimal side effects, also the comfort of not having to be overwhelming us wondering if we took the pill last Thursday at eleven o'clock at night (as always) or forget it. We have looked for some.

The subdermal implants ON and OFF.

As we tell you in this article, the future is almost here and the Masachussetts Technological Institute USA. They are already developing a microchip loaded with hormones, which they hope to commercialize in 2018. The system consists of a subdermal implant that can administer the hormones for a long period of years, 16, but can be activated or deactivated by a wireless controller that you control from your cellphone. Flipante, right?

The male pill.

The oral contraceptive for them is about to take and the group of researchers from the School of Pharmacy of the University of Minnesota (USA) that is dedicated to the project states that would not cause adverse effects on users. Lucky them. It is a drug based on the discovery of the ESP1 enzyme, which plays a key role at the time of fertilizing the ovum. This enzyme was discovered by another group of researchers from the University of Virginia (also USA) and in their study published in the journal Biology of Reproduction revealed that although sperm release proteins when they penetrate the ovule, ESP1 remains intact. Thanks to his research we can understand at the molecular level how the sperm can bind to the ovule ... and also interrupt the process, of course.

The vaginal ring that protects you.

It is still under development, but it has already been submitted. This is a new ring developed by the International Partnership for Microbicides (IPM), which not only protects women from becoming pregnant without wishing it, but also from getting AIDS. Of course it is not a normal vaginal ring but it contains substances such as dapivirine, a retroviral compound developed by the IPM. At the moment it is in the testing phase, but the results of the tests carried out in South Africa by the IPM conclude that there were a 56% decrease in the chances of spreading the virus. A notice ... and a hope that in the future it will be easier to protect ourselves from sexually transmitted diseases.

Vasectomy ON and OFF.

They will also have the right to use a switch to decide when they want to have children or not. The invention that will allow it to be made is called Bimek SLV, and it is a small 18 mm valve that adheres to the conduit through which the sperm pass. On prevents them from leaving the testicles to mix with the semen. This method is also implanted with a minor surgery, much less invasive than a vasectomy and to deactivate it there is no need for a new intervention. It is estimated that it will reach the market in 2018, but it is still in the testing and research phase.

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