The vaginal ring, a new form of contraception for women, is expected to be out on the market by 2000. The ring, developed by Organon Pharmaceuticals, releases hormones similar to those contained in birth control pills.
The ring is inserted into the vaginal vault, is comfortable and can be easily removed. Studies have shown that the ring is as reliable as the pill in preventing pregnancy.
The Population Council is also currently working on a new form of contraception for women that would release hormones through a device similar to a nicotine patch.
“In real life, I think both the patch and the ring will be more effective because the compliance will be higher. It will be easier for women to use it in an effective way,” said Dr. Elof Johnasson of the Population Council.