This consistency can be difficult to maintain, and it may make this form of birth control less attractive.
Now, a study appearing in Science Translational Medicine presents a new alternative: a birth control pill that a person only needs to take once a month.
Why the research is important
"Coming up with a monthly version of a contraceptive drug could have a tremendous impact on global health. The impact that oral contraceptives can have on human health and gender equality cannot be overstated."
The other senior author of the study is Giovanni Traverso, Ph.D., a gastroenterologist at Brigham and Women's Hospital, in Boston, MA. The other lead author is Tiffany Hua, previously a technical associate at MIT.