THE FU­TURE OF FAM­ILY PLAN­NING

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con­tra­cep­tive im­plant This form of con­tra­cep­tion (a small tube that is placed un­der the skin in your arm) is widely avail­able in other coun­tries but not in Canada—yet. The im­plant pre­vents ovu­la­tion by re­leas­ing a low dose of pro­gestin into the blood­stream, mak­ing it a good choice for women who can’t take es­tro­gen. es­tro­gen In Europe, re­search is be­ing done on dif­fer­ent kinds of es­tro­gen prepa­ra­tions. “The es­tro­gen that we have in all our birth-con­trol pills is syn­thetic, and some of the pills be­ing de­vel­oped con­tain nat­u­ral es­tro­gen,” ex­plains Dr. Sheila Dunn, re­search and pro­gram di­rec­tor at Toronto’s Bay Cen­tre for Birth Con­trol, who cau­tions that it’s not yet clear what ad­van­tages—if any—th­ese new hor­mones have over the syn­thetic ones. Ella Another prod­uct Dunn sees on the hori­zon is the in­tro­duc­tion of a sec­ond kind of emer­gency con­tra­cep­tive pill known as Ella. It’s a dif­fer­ent for­mu­la­tion from Plan B and has a wider win­dow of ef­fec­tive­ness. “There’s a good pos­si­bil­ity that we’ll soon see this in Canada since the drug in the prod­uct is al­ready on the mar­ket but in a dif­fer­ent dosage; it’s used to treat fi­broids,” says Dunn.

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