Why we need a contraception revolution

by Jessica Colarossi, The Brink

BU OB/GYN microbiologist Deborah Anderson argues that new birth control approaches are needed to combat overpopulation, climate change

Deborah Anderson wants a contraception revolution. In an editorial published in the New England Journal of Medicine, Anderson lays out the reasons why she believes it’s time to reignite research for developing new forms of birth control—and why we need better contraceptive options now more than ever before.

Anderson, BU School of Medicine professor of obstetrics and gynecology, is an expert in the use of plant-grown antibodies, called “plantibodies,” to protect against HIV and herpes simplex virus. Now, her lab is developing new antibodies against sperm for contraception. The idea is to develop a topical film—similar to a Listerine strip—that can be applied vaginally as a contraceptive. Her lab at BU recently received a Contraception Research Center grant from the National Institutes of Health to develop new forms of birth control.

The Brink spoke to Anderson to learn more about her vision for future birth control methods and why she believes the world is overdue for a contraception revolution. Here are our top four takeaways from that conversation.

Read more: https://www.bu.edu/articles/2019/contraception-and-population-control/

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