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Implant controls fertility remotely

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You might soon be able to better control your fertility with a contraceptive-deleveraging implant that can be deactivated wirelessly, MIT’s Technology Review reports.

The device measures 20 x 20 x 7 millimeters, and dispenses 30 micrograms a day of levonorgestrel, a hormone already used in several kinds of contraceptives.

To conceive, women turn off the implant with a remote control; another click of the remote restarts it. It is designed to last 16 years.

Developed by MicroCHIPS, the device will begin pre-clinical testing next year in the U.S., and may be on the market by 2018.

There’s more information here.