Scientists develop a 'monthly' birth control that slowly releases doses

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A new monthly birth control pill that slowly releases hormones over 29 days could replace the daily doses taken by millions of women worldwide Unintended pregnancy is a major public health issue that costs the US $21 billion a year  Women bear the brunt of preventing it, with nearly 65% preferring to take daily oral contraceptives  Forgotten doses risk pregnancy and public health officials advocate long-acting forms  Now, Massachusetts Institute of Technology scientists have created a new star-shaped will that released contraceptive for 10 days in pigs  

By Natalie Rahhal Deputy Health Editor For Dailymail.com

Published: 19:01 GMT, 4 December 2019 | Updated: 19:01 GMT, 4 December 2019

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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)

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

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