- Once swallowed, the pill remains in the stomach for weeks while slowly releasing hormones to prevent pregnancy.
- Testing of the pill on patients is ongoing to determine if it can safely and reliably deliver other drugs, such as malaria therapies.
Women who forget to take their daily oral contraceptive pill should worry no more.
Scientists have now developed a once-a-month oral contraceptive pill, which increases women’s choices in exercising control over their fertility.
Women get unplanned pregnancies because they forget to take their everyday pills.
Oral pills currently available in the Kenyan market are the conventional pills or combined oral contraceptives.
However, studies suggest that nearly half of users will miss the odd dose or sometimes take their pill at the wrong time, hence the need for a monthly oral pill.
There are other longer-lasting contraceptive choices already available, including bi-monthly injections, or patches that need changing weekly, but there has been no once-a-month oral pill.
Researchers say that once swallowed, the pill remains in the stomach for weeks while slowly releasing hormones to prevent pregnancy. It is designed to resist immediate attack by stomach acids.