With all the hullabaloo over birth control and the Christian right freaking out over it, we get news of a next-generation form of contraception that is sure to make their heads explode: an implantable microchip that prevents pregnancy and can be turned on and off.
A new candidate for the perfect contraceptive has surfaced – a wireless, remote-controlled implant that can be turned on and off at the push of a button.
Developed by US tech start-up MicroCHIPS, the device will begin pre-clinical testing in 2015. If the testing is a success, the device will be on the market by 2018.
According to Gwen Kinkead at MIT Technology Review, the device is just 20 x 20 x 7 mm, which is small enough to be implanted under the skin of the buttocks, upper arm, or abdomen. It uses a synthetic hormone called levonorgestrel, which is already featured in many current contraceptives, and it dispenses 30 mg of it per day via a special heat-activated seal.
“MicroCHIPS invented a hermetic [air-tight] titanium and platinum seal on the reservoirs containing the levonorgestrel. Passing an electric current through the seal from an internal battery melts it temporarily, allowing a small dose of the hormone to diffuse out each day,” says Kinkead.
And it lasts for 16 years. Women controlling their own reproduction and the “mark of the beast”? This is going to send the Christian right into a major league hissy fit.