Birth Control Gel On the Horizon?

Birth control is a fairly personal thing for many people. Many birth control options have side effects that bother some people, such as nausea, breast tenderness, headaches, amongst others. While there are many different options to choose from, sometimes it can seem overwhelming. The birth control pill that works wonders for your best girl friend may leave you gaining a few pounds and nauseous. The IUD has become popular in the past few years, but isn’t a good choice for people that are hoping to try to conceive in the next few years and sometimes isn’t covered by insurance. While this news is from the UK, there has been a trial in the US, and it sounds promising to me and I can’t wait to hear more about it in America. One new form of birth control being tried out, is contraceptive gel.

So far, women in  a clinical trial in the United States who have tried out the contraceptive gel note none of the typical side effects from the birth control pill. It is a clear gel (so no messy stain or reside, hopefully) that is rubbed  into the skin once a day. The article I read did not say if it needs to be applied in a certain time frame. The trial lasted seven months and none of the participants became pregnant, which is incredibly promising. The article also notes that in the UK, 2 million women report being unhappy with their birth control method, so this gives women another option. it is worth noting that like other hormonal methods, the contraceptive gel doesn’t prevent sexually transmitted infections. I will be patiently waiting for a version for men to come out.

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About Holly Moyseenko

Holly Moyseenko is a sex educator living in Ohio. She is an advocate of positive and healthy sexuality. Holly currently works for a non-profit health organization as a health educator, and also teaches workshops that focus on many topics within the realm of healthy sexuality. In her spare time, she also is an advocate for survivors of sexual assault, gardens, reads anything within reach, drinks copious amounts of tea, and naps with her two dogs.