Newer safer birth control on the horizon


Researchers have uncovered a new contraceptive that is more focused, safer and available for use among a larger population of women. Coming out of Oregon Health & Science University (OHSU)the findings are published in the journal Endocrinology.

It’s not secret that today’s birth control methods are nothing new. Many were developed decades ago and have simply been refined. The contraceptive pill was approved by the FDA in 1961. The pill works by introducing hormones which artificially suppress ovulation.

“While the method works, it has its downsides,” explains Oregon National Primate Research Center scientist Jon Hennebold, PhD. “The biggest concern is that by boosting hormone levels, this contraceptive method affects systems throughout a woman’s body. Therefore, there are some risks associated with current contraceptive methods, primarily cardiovascular disease.”

Another problem is that the pill is a pain to take. Daily doses which can’t be missed. And after all that, it may only be 80-90% effective.

The new contraceptive the group is working on is not hormonally based. And it focuses on mechanisms that directly result in the release of an egg. The new method targets enzymes which can prevent the release of an egg from the ovary. The next step for the researchers is to determine the delivery method of such a drug and the timetable of administration.

Animal research has shown that the enzyme approach works, preventing ovulation in primates.

“Our hope is that the next generation of birth control is more targeted and has a higher effectiveness level,” added Hennebold. “Much more work is necessary to further our proposed solution, but we believe that better, safer contraceptive methods are possible.”

Source: OHSU, MedicalNewsToday


Sponsored Links

Related Articles

  • article thumbnail
    The Symptothermal Method
    Fertility awareness-based methods are methods women use to track their ovulation in an effort to prevent pregnancy. There are a number of fertility awareness-based methods, or…
  • article thumbnail
    How Do Oral Contraceptives Work
    In order to fully understand the question how do oral contraceptives work you must know about the different types of oral contraceptives. Yes, all oral contraceptives come in …
  • article thumbnail
    Plan B Pill Effectiveness
    Plan B is a type of emergency contraception that can be used after unprotected sex to help prevent pregnancy. 7 out of 8 women who would have gotten pregnant without using Pla…

Support Groups

For individuals, friends and families who are need to connect during life's challenging times. Share personal experiences, evaluate information and get support in a confidential, caring environment.



The information provided on is designed to support, not replace, the relationship that exists between a patient/site visitor and his/her health professional. This information is solely for informational purposes and does not constitute the practice of medicine. We encourage all visitors to see a licensed physician or nutritionist if they have any concerns regarding health issues related to diet, personal image and any other topics discussed on this site. Neither the owners or employees of nor the author(s) of site content take responsibility for any possible consequences from any treatment, procedure, exercise, dietary modification, action or application of medication which results from reading this site. Always speak with your primary health care provider before engaging in any form of self treatment. Please see our Legal Statement for further information.

Sponsored Links

Login or Sign Up