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New Birth Control Methods

4 New Birth Control Methods in the Works

From the pill to the IUD, there are plenty of hormonal and nonhormonal birth control options. The problem is just about every woman has complications with several of them.

Yes, the male pill has been forever in the works, but I suspect few women would leave that responsibility to anyone but themselves. Still, while the history of birth control is bizarre, its future looks bright, or at least easy. Here are four contraceptives that may soon be available to you.

  • Hormonal gel: A topical contraceptive gel, which would be rubbed on the abdomen daily, contains a new type of synthetic progestin called nestorone, and estrogen called estradiol. It could be widely available in five years.
  • Annual vaginal ring: It's like the NuvaRing, except it only needs to be replaced once a year; however, women would need to remove it every three weeks to menstruate and then reinsert it. It could be available in two years.
  • SILCS diaphragm: A one-size-fits-all diaphragm that's durable and reusable. Unlike existing diaphragms, it does not have to be fitted by a doctor, making it more accessible. It's been in development since 1994, and is expected to go to the FDA for approval this year.
  • On-demand contraceptive: Yes, there's the condom, but a hormonal vaginal gel is in the works to put women in control. Unlike the daily gel, this could be applied several hours before intercourse or even afterward as emergency contraception. It's still in the very early stages of development, though, so there's no word on when it will be available.
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bonjovichick bonjovichick 5 years
I wouldn't trust a once a year ring.That'd be too dangerous to have it inside of you for a whole year.
Venus1 Venus1 5 years
Kaykat I agree with you 100% VS214 I'm pleased you agree that we have needs too. But with regard to not suspecting it hours before, that is why smart girls carry condoms.
Venus1 Venus1 5 years
Kaykat I agree with you 100%VS214 I'm pleased you agree that we have needs too. But with regard to not suspecting it hours before, that is why smart girls carry condoms.
Bettye-Wayne Bettye-Wayne 5 years
Yeah I'll stick to my pill, thanks... She does not look anorexic. She's just thin and has a smaller cup size. There's a difference... I think she looks pretty healthy.
Bettye-Wayne Bettye-Wayne 5 years
Yeah I'll stick to my pill, thanks...She does not look anorexic. She's just thin and has a smaller cup size. There's a difference... I think she looks pretty healthy.
katykat1980 katykat1980 5 years
Et Moi's post made me giggle... I don't think I would use the annual vaginal ring, I just don't like the idea of re-inserting the same foreign body in over and over again. Aside from the inconvenience, I would worry about possible infection or bacteria.... Is it really that much harder to take a pill every day than it is to remove, sterilize, and re-insert a ring?
katykat1980 katykat1980 5 years
Et Moi's post made me giggle... I don't think I would use the annual vaginal ring, I just don't like the idea of re-inserting the same foreign body in over and over again. Aside from the inconvenience, I would worry about possible infection or bacteria.... Is it really that much harder to take a pill every day than it is to remove, sterilize, and re-insert a ring?
Pistil Pistil 5 years
Nice to have options, I guess. I don't find my pill all that inconvinient, and it's been effective.
et-moi et-moi 5 years
that was so funny, I misread "annual" for "anal" and was very confused for about 30 seconds. . . haha
Venus1 Venus1 5 years
I think I want and feel the need for sex as much as any man and prefer to be the one in control. I'm more than a little puzzled by the Annual vaginal ring tthough. You have to remove it for your periods. As you can get pregnant during this time (many women have learnt this the hard way) how can this be effective?
Venus1 Venus1 5 years
I think I want and feel the need for sex as much as any man and prefer to be the one in control.I'm more than a little puzzled by the Annual vaginal ring tthough. You have to remove it for your periods. As you can get pregnant during this time (many women have learnt this the hard way) how can this be effective?
a-million-suns a-million-suns 5 years
YAY SCIENCE!
a-million-suns a-million-suns 5 years
YAY SCIENCE!
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