Forget the Pill: Birth Control Gel Is Coming

Just 3mg a day is effective, clinical trials show
By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff
Posted Oct 26, 2010 7:39 AM CDT
In this May 28, 1999 file photo, a new birth control pill container is displayed at the manufacturer's assembly line.   (AP Photo/Mike Derer, File)

(Newser) – Tired of taking a pill every day to prevent pregnancy? Soon you may be able to simply rub a tiny amount of contraceptive gel on your skin instead. Just 3mg daily, applied to arms, legs, shoulders, or abdomen, is a suitable alternative to the pill, according to researchers, who tested the gel on 18 women—with positive results. Common pill side effects like nausea and weight gain didn't occur in the test group, and the gel can even be used while breastfeeding, the Telegraph reports.

The gel is similar to a contraceptive skin patch, providing progesterone and estrogen through the skin; but unlike the patch, it can’t fall off, and is, pleasantly and obviously, invisible. It's still in the early stages of development.

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