Thanks to the device’s incredible lifespan and user-friendly design, a woman could feasibly have it implanted, choose to conceive years later, and then reactivate the device after her pregnancy. And, while your doctor can adjust the hormone dose remotely, the only time you’d absolutely need to see him or her would be to have the chip removed. Its remote-control feature eliminates most of the third-party interactions that other hormonal implants require, essentially putting you behind the steering wheel of your own contraception choices.
The biggest problem MicroCHIPS hopes to solve in 2015 is the possibility of remote hacking. (If it gives you the creeps to find out someone’s snuck onto your Wi-Fi, imagine how you’d feel if your birth-control remote wasn’t 100% hacker-proof.) Following tests, MicroCHIPS’ goal is to put the product on the market by 2018, by which time we might have some Google Glass contacts to match our microchip birth control.