New contraceptive patch could replace pill

The new contraceptive patch with absolutely no side-effects

A GROUNDBREAKING NEW contraceptive patch, which does not effect a woman’s hormones, could take the place of the Pill.

The new patch would have none of the usual side-effects associated with the Pill such as mood swings, weight gain and headaches and would not have the long-term worries such as a raised risk of breast cancer and blood clots associated with the Pill.

The revolutionary treatment is still in the early stages of development and would be applied once a month.

The patch works using a groundbreaking technique known as RNA interference therapy which aims at specific genes and shuts them down.

Not only could the drug be used as a contraceptive but could potentially target cancer genes and offer new treatments for diabetes.

Obstetrician Dr Zev Williams, one of the researchers who is developing the treatment, said women are keen to find alternatives to the Pill and contraceptive methods.

‘Patients are constantly changing what they’re on. There are always problems and side-effects,’ he said.

‘What we are trying to do is to think about contraception in a new way. Obviously there are going to be big hurdles and it is going to take a lot of time, but the need is there.’

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