Pill maths - the complicated assessment of amount of hours forgotten vs day in menstrual cycle vs level of rip-roaring pregnancy terror; the conclusion of which often dictates whether we are actually going to have sex this weekend - could be over for good. No, really!
Forget your probability sums, forget that all-encompassing doubt and regret that occurs the second you’re due a period and know that you might have missed a pill somewhere in the middle of week two. Soon, even the idea of remembering to take a tiny pill every single day will be an old wives’ tale, literally. Because, ladies, contraception could be going digital.
The Gates’ Foundation has launched a new project looking at innovative ways to deliver drugs into the body - and, from 2018, when the product could potentially reach the market, our 21 pills could be replaced by one Super Smart chip which lasts for 16 years (but can be stopped at any time) and responds to a remote wireless signal should doctors wish to alter or stop the treatment.
So simple! But wait…we’ve spotted a few potential downsides. As if we don’t worry about it enough, there’s a chance that this new device could leave our ovaries vulnerable to hacking. The FDA issued a warning, saying that remote-controlled devices are susceptible to hackers, and that remote-controlled drug delivery could present a dangerous new line of attack if manufacturers do not take proper precautions - making it, to put it lightly, considerably less desirable.
So, would you give it a go when the time comes?