Dr. Sitruk-Ware describes the new contraceptive methods currently in development.
Well, these methods we are working on are not yet available. We are working and developing it. We have a gel that is very transparent and easy to use, will be applied in the skin and dry. And this application will deliver the hormones through the skin, and it's applicable every day, but it's very comfortable. It doesn’t smell, it doesn’t stick, and this is one of the methods that we are working on for the future.
We are also working on vaginal rings, and they are rings which are for three months, which look like this one which could be used and stay in the vagina for three months. This method is essentially for women who are breast feeding and the hormone which is inside is a natural hormone, progesterone, and not creating any harm for the infant who drinks the milk.
We are developing this method for the future as well, and we have also some others available like another ring which is, in fact, very flexible, very supple, and that can be introduced in the vagina and used for three weeks and then taken out for another week during which the woman has her menses. So these are some of the methods which will be developed for the future.
About Dr. Sitruk-Ware, M.D.:
Dr. Régine L. Sitruk-Ware is a reproductive endocrinologist and the executive director of research and development at the Population Council’s Center of Biomedical Research. She supervises the basic research in reproductive biology as well as the pre-clinical research and clinical development of new molecules designed for reproductive healthcare in men and women suitable for use in developing countries. Prior to joining the Council, she had a successful academic career in Paris, France and then an international career in research and development. She taught and conducted clinical research in reproductive endocrinology at the University of Paris for ten years. From 1983 to 1989 she was a member of the International Committee for Contraceptive Research (ICCR), established by the Population Council in 1970. RSW is now chairing the ICCR since January 2007. She is a member of several national and international medical societies. She has been a founding member of the International Menopause Society and a member of its Board for several terms and is presently the General Secretary of that society. She is also member of the Expert group on Hormonal Contraception of the European Society for Contraception. She is the Program Director and Principal Investigator of a NIH Center grant from the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development.
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