Dr. Sitruk-Ware shares if there are new, female contraceptive methods in development.
We are, at the Population Council and in these present laboratories, working on several new methods for contraception. We are working on vaginal rings that will deliver hormones throughout the vaginal walls and that the woman will wear, will not feel, and the hormones which are closer to natural hormones are better tolerated.
We are working also on gels, and these kind of gels, which are applied on the skin as transdermal gels, are in fact very easy to apply, easy to use, tolerable, and these methods are reversible. We are not yet ready to have them available on the market, but one of the rings has been developed by a pharmaceutical company. And it's available at the moment. But we are working on a one-year ring which would be more affordable to women, and these are the two main methods that are coming in 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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