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A once-a-month birth control pill would be a boon for women. It’d be more convenient and more reliable for those who choose that particular method, and Popular Science reports it’s been successful in pigs. It also, weirdly, turns into a star shape after being swallowed.

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  • Here is a thought: research should focus on non-hormonal, long-term, convenient contraception instead. For men, too.

  • Experience tells me that less frequent isn't always more convenient. Up to a point it is true that reduced frequency helps avoid taking tablets becoming a chore. However the contraceptive pill is so easy to take that there is no routine required. A once monthly would probably require additional reminders

    Experience tells me that less frequent isn't always more convenient. Up to a point it is true that reduced frequency helps avoid taking tablets becoming a chore. However the contraceptive pill is so easy to take that there is no routine required. A once monthly would probably require additional reminders to ensure it was not forgotten. Pharmacodynamics would mean it probably has a window of a few days when it needs to be taken each month or risk loss of protection. There are other infrequent contraceptive technologies that already are available.