Researchers from the Georgia Institute of Technology reveal that they are working on an earring concept that might ensure sexually active couples do not have an unwanted pregnancy.
The big drawback on existing contraceptives like birth control pills or condoms is that they have "low adherence" to the skin. The alternative method — one that is expected to have a significantly larger success rate, comes in the form of adhesive patches that can be attached to jewelry. Wearers are expected to have the earrings on for 16 hours a day and to take them off at night time in order to "retain the contraceptive hormones in their bodies."
The earring concept hasn't been tested on humans yet but has shown promising results on pigs and hairless rats.
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Georgia Institute of Technology Apply Patches Through Jewelry
1. Contraceptive Jewelry - Designing adhesive patches that can be attached to jewelry for contraception which could have a higher success rate.
2. Wearable Contraceptives - Developing innovative contraceptive products that can be worn as a part of daily accessories.
3. Innovative Contraceptive Methods - Exploring different delivery methods for contraception, such as using adhesive patches in jewelry.
1. Jewelry - Jewelry industry can collaborate with the healthcare industry to create innovative contraceptive products for women.
2. Healthcare - Healthcare industry, especially the wearable tech and pharmaceutical sectors, can invest in developing innovative contraceptive methods.
3. Fashion Accessories - Fashion accessories industry can explore integrating contraceptive patches into daily wearables that function as style statement.