Birth Control Bling

Contraceptives may soon get flashier—and more discreet.

Georgia Tech researchers recently published a study in the Journal of Controlled Release introducing contraceptive jewelry, small transdermal patches applied to earring backs or watches. In testing, animal trials indicated hormone levels sufficient for conception prevention even when removal of jewelry for sleep was simulated.

This is the first time transdermal patch technology has been used in jewelry and was designed for regions with limited access to contraceptives but may have wider appeal.

“The more contraceptive options that are available, the more likely it is that the needs of individual women can be met,” says researcher Mark Prausnitz.



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