This article was originally published in Start Up
Tubal ligation is an effective means of permanent birth control, but the procedure itself is no picnic. Ovion Inc. hopes to overcome the body's tendency to overgrow implanted objects, with a fiber-coated stent delivered non-surgically into the fallopian tubes.
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Given the huge impact that having a baby has on every aspect of a woman's life--and that of her mate--it's small wonder that a growing number of companies are aiming to offer Baby Boomers improved contraceptive choices. Some are developing devices to make the widely performed tubal ligation surgery, which renders women sterile, less invasive, more convenient and safer than it has been to date. At least one firm hopes to give men a chance to participate in family planning via reversible vasectomization.
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