Even as doubts persist in UK over the efficiency of a radical contraceptive method, the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) is expected to give a green light for the use of the injectable contraceptive in the country after receiving assurances from doctors that it is 99.9 percent effective.
The contraceptive method involves the injection of an implant in the arm which will then release a hormone called Progesterone at regular intervals. This is expected to prevent unwanted pregnancy over a three year period and takes just five minutes for the implant to be injected.
There are doubts over its efficiency after more than 550 women in UK complained that the implant failed to prevent them from getting pregnant. However doctors in India have claimed that the implant is 99.99 percent effect and has a failure chance of zero.
The ICMR put together a team of 15 gynecologists to test the effectiveness of the implant from 2004 to 2010 and the team revealed that of the 3,000 women that used the implant, none of them got pregnant during the period.
"We did not get a single case where the implant failed. All 200 women in the city led normal lives for three years without any major side effects", one of the gynecologists, Dr Rekha Daver said.