NEW TECH - EMERGING TECHNOLOGIES COULD SOON BE COMING TO ETHIOPIA
Emerging reproductive and family planning technologies may be on the horizon for Ethiopia. Below are a few products you may see soon in pharmacies and clinics.
Sayana PressSayana Press, a new formulation and presentation of Depo-Provera, is a three-month, progestin-only injectable contraceptive packaged in the Uniject™ injection system. Uniject is a small, prefilled, auto-disable device, which enables a precise dosage and less painful injection because the needle is smaller and the injection is delivered subcutaneously instead of intramuscularly.
VasalgelA polymer gel developed in India and licensed as Vasalgel in the United States may soon provide men a reversible contraceptive option. The product works by injecting a gel into the vas deferens, the tube sperm move through inside the penis. The polymer is thought to weaken sperm membranes causing them to be inert. What’s more, if a man wishes to restore sperm flow and potentially become pregnant, the polymer can be flushed out with a second injection. More.
Next Gen CondomsIn 2013, the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation offered $100,000 to 11 competitors to develop the next generation of condoms. Interesting entries at the time included a condom made from bovine (cow) tendons and a one-size-fits-all condom that gradually shrinks during intercourse. No entries have made it to market yet, but work continues!
Anti-HIV Vaginal RingVaginal rings already serve as contraceptives, but researchers at the Universities of Pittsburgh and Alabama Birmingham in the United States are exploring whether the technology can be used for dual HIV and pregnancy prevention. A Phase 1 clinical trial is currently underway to test a combined dapivirine and levonorgestrel formulation. Results are expected in mid-2018. More.
And for a bit further down the road...
Contraceptive AppA downloadable contraceptive may be closer than you think. Thanks to a microchip technology under development by MicroCHIPS Biotech, USA, and with the support of the Gates Foundation, users may be able to regulate the release of hormonal contraceptives for as much as 16 years. And, users wishing to become pregnant, can simply discontinue the release of the hormone preventing pregnancy.
Slowdown SpermAs spermatazoa reach the egg wall, they go into a state of hyper-motility characterized by vigorous flagellation. Researchers at UC Berkley in California, USA, think they may be able to block the calcium required to activate this hyper-motility, preventing the “final kick” required for sperm to penetrate the egg wall.