Birth control jewelry? Georgia researchers make prevent pregnancy accessories

An example of an earring with the contraceptive patch.
(Mark Prausnitz, Georgia Tech)

Wearing a specialized watch, pair of earrings, ring or necklace on a day which help women to avoid unwanted pregnancies? That is the goal of the researchers of the Georgia Institute of Technology.

Scientists confirmed special plasters with contraceptive hormones that on the back of earrings, watches, rings and other jewelry. The idea? The hormones would be absorbed by the skin and then into the bloodstream, according to the university, the press release about the study, which was recently published in the Journal of Controlled Release.


Although no human trials have been conducted to date, researchers have tested the product in pigs ears and also on the nude rats. And the results were promising: the First test, according to Georgia Tech,” the birth control jewelry can supply sufficient amounts of hormone to provide contraception.”

The white ring is the contraceptive patch.
(Mark Prausnitz, Georgia Tech)

The tests were carried out by Mohammad Mofidfar, a postdoctoral fellow, Laura O ‘ Farrell, senior research scientist, and Mark Prausnitz, a professor in the university of the School of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering.

The researchers applied the patches for 16 hours and then they disappeared for eight hours. Although the hormone levels dropped when the earrings were removed, the researchers claimed to have found the patches still produced “the necessary amounts of the hormone in the bloodstream.”

The patches are composed of three layers: An adhesive to keep it on the back of the piece, a middle layer that “contains the drug in solid form,” and an outer layer, the skin adhesive that helps in the transfer of the hormone on the skin and eventually into the bloodstream, Georgia Tech said.

Birth control patches are already available as a form of birth control. But because the wearing of jewelry is a part of many women’s daily routine, “this technique allows the compliance of the medication. This technique may be more effective emancipation of some women to prevent unintended pregnancies,” Prausnitz said in a statement.

Different types of jewelry can be used. (Mark Prausnitz, Georgia Tech)

Researchers have also noted that their product is a better way to manage other types of drugs, such as those to prevent motion sickness, the control of symptoms of the menopause, or even be used as an alternative to the large nicotine patches for those trying to quit smoking.

“There is a lot of experience with the creation and use of conventional transdermal patches,” Prausnitz added. “We take this established technology, which makes the patch smaller and the use of jewelry to help to apply. We think that earring patches may expand the scope of transdermal patches provide extra impact.”

“Pharmaceutical jewelry introduces a new delivery method is, that the taking of contraceptives more attractive. Making it more attractive should make it easier to remember to use it, ” he continued.

An example of the birth control earring is worn.
(Mark Prausnitz, Georgia Tech)


And while the birth control jewelry was initially made for women in developing countries who may have limited access to other birth control, “we think that birth control jewelry can be attractive and useful to women all over the world,” Prausnitz said.

If these are available for use by humans in the future, researchers suspect that the patch that is proportional to the surface area of the skin where the worn — to be replaced once per week for maximum effectiveness.

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