Electrically spun cloth could be the next birth-control breakthrough

12/10/2012 | Los Angeles Times (tiered subscription model)

Bioengineering researchers created an electrically woven cloth of microscopic fibers that could be a breakthrough in birth control. The material, created by University of Washington researcher Kim Woodrow and two graduate students, can be shaped to provide a physical barrier that imitates a diaphragm or cervical cap, as well as a quickly dissolving device similar to vaginal contraceptive films. "Our long-term goal is to create a technology that can deliver contraceptives and prevent HIV at the same time," Woodrow said. "We want to develop products that women can control, use discreetly without having to negotiate with their partners."

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