A completely new form of birth control is currently being developed. A company called MicroCHIPS has created a birth control microchip that will be embedded into the arm, buttocks or abdomen of a patient. Upon a remote signal from the patient or provider, the microchip will release a 30 microgram dose of levonorgestrel. The company has already seen success in clinical trials for a similar microchip that released teriparatide, a drug to treat osteoporosis in postmenopausal women, and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation plans to commit funding in order to get the birth control version into a preclinical trial. If the chip succeeds in clinical trials, it would allow women 16 years of protection, with the ability to turn off the chip whenever they decide that they would like to conceive. How attractive do you think the patients will find this alternative to the existing birth control methods?
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