What’s New in Contraception?

(VTV BREAKFAST, OCTOBER 30, 2000)

1. CONTRACEPTIVE (EVRA) PATCH
(as reported in Vancouver Sun, Oct. 25, 2000)

  • Patch needs to be replaced every week, can be worn on arm, abdomen or buttock. Must be used three weeks in a row, then a placebo patch is used for one week (just like pill)
  • Because it delivers a continuous dose of hormones (same as in pill) don’t get spikes and dips in hormonal levels
  • Canadian researchers predict will replace pill as most common form of female birth control
  • May be twice as effective as pill at suppressing ovuluation
  • May reduce side effects common with the pill
  • Women can get pregnant immediately after discontinuing patch use, while it can take up to a year to get pregnant after discontinuing use of injectable contraceptive methods such as Depo-Provera
  • Water-proof, sweatproof, passed “hot tub” test
  • Could be available in Canada within two years

2. EZ ON MALE CONDOM

  • Easier to use because there is no “wrong” way to roll it on (traditional condom must be rolled on a certain way)
  • Made of poyurethane (like female condom), not latex, which some are allergic to
  • “Skirt” at bottom provides some protection from STDs transmitted through skin to skin contact
  • Bit more expensive than male condom
  • Available at select stores in Vancouver (i.e. Womyn’s Ware on Commercial Drive), expected to be more widely available in next few months

WHAT ABOUT NEW FORMS OF MALE CONTRACEPTION?

Bad news– Researchers don’t expect any new developments for males in the next six years.