A report on Deborah Bateson’s presentation “ASHA Oration – Distinguished Services Awardee Presentation”
This presentation outlined some very innovative contraceptive options that may be used soon. Examples are smaller IUD’s for smaller women; self-injected sub-cutaneous Depo; male contraception; and a microchip that lasts for 16 years and can be turned on and off depending on fertility desires!
Another interesting potentiality is a monthly pill taken towards the end of the menstrual cycle that has different actions dependent on the whether the woman is pregnant or not. If the woman is not pregnant then she would have a normal monthly period, however if she is pregnant then this pill would terminate the pregnancy at the very early stage, even before a woman is aware that she is pregnant. These contraceptives are not yet approved for use in Australia and some will likely meet many obstacles to becoming available.