A new contraceptive gel that is applied directly to the skin could offer women an alternative to the pill, a study suggests.
The clear gel is put on once a day and delivers a dose of hormones to prevent pregnancy. Women using the gel have reported none of the typical side effects associated with the pill, such as weight gain and acne.
It is suitable for breastfeeding women, who are often warned not to take the combined pill because its hormone levels interfere with milk supply.
The gel can be applied to the abdomen, thighs, arms or shoulders and is quickly absorbed, with no residue. Experts hope to bring it to market if clinical trial results continue to be positive — via redwolf.newsvine.com