Ever since we’ve started making advancements in the field of medicine, we have started coming up with more and more ways to promote health and even delay death. While this is fascinating news for everyone since the overall mortality rate is steadily going down, the biggest side effect of this is the fact that the global population is steadily on the rise. Currently, the Earth has more than 7 billion inhabitants, and this figure is increasing every year, the best way to counter this high population growth is to provide practical solutions for birth control.
Studies show that a vast majority of births around the world are unplanned and sometimes even unwanted, people often don’t take the time to focus on protection that much since protection is either too intrusive when it comes to sexual pleasure or not effective enough to be considered. We humans have always been trying to come up with preventive measures that allow us to fulfill our carnal desires without leading to unplanned and unwanted pregnancies, condoms date back to before the middle ages when people used to make condoms out of sheep intestines and other similar things.
Over the many years birth control has progressed in many ways, researchers all over the world are constantly looking for ways to effectively control the outcome of unprotected sex, and while we still have ways to go, a definite solution seems to be looming on the horizon, but before we get to that, let’s first take a look at the many ways we’ve tried to control the birth rate.
One of the most common ways to prevent pregnancies is to practice safe sex, everyone is familiar with condoms, and a lot of us depend on them a lot, however the two biggest downsides to condoms is that they reduce the amount of stimulation and they’re incredibly unreliable and can break at any time without any warning. Besides condoms, contraceptive medicine is also pretty popular, but this medicine has its fair share of side effects and following its administration schedule can be pretty tough, missing even a single dose can result in the effects of the medicine finishing.
For more permanent birth control methods we have surgical procedures such as vasectomies and tubal ligation, both of which permanently leave a person impotent and unable to conceive, the obvious problem with these methods is that once someone has undergone them, there is no way of going back. Recently an alternate form of vasectomy was introduced that involved inserting a mechanical switch in a person’s testicles which could allow them to become potent and impotent at will, however due to various complications this procedure never caught on.
We’ve made a lot of attempts at coming up with effective birth control, and so far every solution is flawed. However, a new technology is currently in development that is expected to be seen in the market by 2018. The technology in question makes use of birth control chips that are implanted inside the body from where they release hormones that prevent pregnancy, the technology works a lot like the currently available arm implants that release hormones for up to 3 years. The difference between these implants and these chips is that the chips are expected to be smaller, and they’ll last for up to 16 years, the technology is still being worked on, and even though it is being backed by Bill Gates himself, it’s still facing a lot of friction from various people.
If these birth control chips become successful then they just might be able to provide us with a sure and effective way of misconceiving, the technology will take a while to become widely available, but once it does, it might help bring the population growth problem under control.
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