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Birth Control Goes High-Tech
By: Jessica Cherok
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Watch out, ladies. Our reproductive organs are going high-tech. Scientists have invented a remote-control contraceptive!

The chip is implanted under the skin and releases birth control into the body every day for 16 years. The chip emits an electrical impulse, melting a small amount of the birth control, levonorgestrel. The release is controlled by remote, so it can be stopped and restarted at any time.

The chip’s creators are touting convenience as a major selling point for the chip. No longer would women have to trudge over to their gynecologist’s office when they want to stop using birth control. With the remote, the dosing can be stopped from the comfort of your own home...perhaps with the help of an app from the App Store?

One of the biggest concerns is the security of the device. After all, no one wants their uterus to be hacked. There is plenty of time to iron out the security details; the chip is not set to be available until 2018.

This remote-control chip technology has far-reaching implications. Other medications could potentially be delivered the same way. In addition, the use of implanted chips can provide medications to people otherwise unable to regularly visit doctors. 

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Jessica Cherok is an advocate for online privacy, campaigning for ethical data practices and the protection of personal privacy.
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