Who wears condoms anymore?.... When you can wear Nanofabric!

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Yep! you read it clearly. Researchers at the University of Washington  have developed a new contraceptive that in the first time in histroy, offers women a discreet way to protect against both sexually transmitted diseases and pregnancy. The "Condom" is an electircally spun nanofabric, the technology is designed to disolve in the body, releasing preventative drugs.





The researchers at University of Washington used electrospinning, a method of creating fibers from liquid in an electric field. The fibers are easily manipulated to control material properties like solubility, strength and shape. After the dissolved polymers and antiretrovirals form fibers in the electric field, they stick to a collecting plate.




The researchers are then left with a stretchy fabric that functions in quite a few ways. It can be inserted directly in the body or act as a coating on vaginal rings or other contraceptive products. It blocks sperm and can release chemical contraceptives and antivirals. The scientists created fabrics that dissolve in minutes for immediate protection and others that dissolve over a few days for sustained delivery. Mixing fibers into one nanofabric could yield both results.

Although UofW claims that this nanofabric can prtect against STD and pregnany, nothing is ever 100%. Some doctors disagree with this and think that theres no possibility that the nanofabric can prevent STD's or HIV.

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This is really interesting but I feel as though it will take a lot in order to get it to be 100% tested and approved and ready. I bet it would be difficult to find people willing to test this out, because if it fails it results in pregnancy or an STD. While it sounds like a solid idea with a lot of science behind it I dont think it is practical enough. Not only would it be difficult to find test subjects but also is it worth getting over a regular condom. In order for this to work it would have to either be cheaper than a condom, and with all that science I doubt it is, or work better. Interesting topic though and a cool thought, I'd like to see this be advanced further.

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