By Natalie Rahhal Deputy Health Editor For Dailymail.com
Published: 19:01 GMT, 4 December 2019 | Updated: 19:01 GMT, 4 December 2019
Women may finally get to delete their daily birth control alarms in exchange for once-a-month contraception, a new study suggests.
Researchers at Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) have developed a new pill that slowly releases a contraceptive drug over the course of 29 days in tests using pigs.
This is accomplished in part through the innovative design of a capsule that slowly unfolds inside the stomach.
Missed doses of daily pills are a risk factor for unintended pregnancy, a public health concern most experts say is best combated with adoption of long-acting contraceptives.
An end to daily birth control? MIT scientists are making a 'monthly' pill that releases contraceptive medication over the course of 29 days (file)
Women bear the brunt of the burden of preventing unintended pregnancy in the US and around the world.
Unintended pregnancy fuels a cycle of poverty and is estimated to cost American taxpayers $21 billion, according to a 2015 Guttmacher Institute estimate.
Currently, nearly half - 45 percent - of pregnancies in the US are unintended.
Women's health specialists advocate for long-acting forms of birth control like