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An armband could make hot flushes easier to manage.

Those engaging in hormone-free birth control mostly use condoms or the coil. The latter, however, have barely changed in design for fifty years.

Reason enough for a female-led US startup to develop a new model. The team’s solution comprises 3 copper-coated elliptical parts which each have a magnetic plus and minus pole.

Using a help tool they are inserted one after the other into the uterus, where they combine to form a stable, floating triangle.

As with conventional coils, the copper ions have a contraceptive effect. No strings attached, this IUD is removed using a magnetic tool.

Individual pessaries, meanwhile, are a useful way of treating bladder incontinence. 

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