A Microchip May Replace the Birth Control Pill

Published 07/23 2014 04:00PM

Updated 07/23 2014 04:02PM

Researchers at a biomedical technology company and Massachusetts Institute of Technology are testing a contraceptive with wireless capabilities. 

A microchip is implanted under the skin to deliver tiny amounts of hormone like a birth control pill. Scientists say the chip can hold enough hormone to prevent pregnancy for up to 16 years. When a woman wants to conceive, she or her doctor can  turn the device off  with a remote.

Researchers are now working on the remote to make sure it can't be hacked. They plan to test the technology in women in 2016.

The device would cost around $1,000.

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