Could earrings be designed to prevent pregnancy?

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Scientists at the Georgia Introduce of Technology have come up with a new concept for a form of contraception, which intent see users wear hormone-infused jewellery.

Scientists compel ought to come up with a “discreet” form of contraception for women, which contains them wearing hormone-emitting earrings rather than having to commemorate to take a pill.

The new contraceptive method has been conceptualised by scientists and researchers at the Georgia Establish of Technology (Georgia Tech) and involves applying tiny hormone lots to an earring back, which could then be used alongside uncountable earrings of a person’s choice. The earring back would need to be switched once a week and could be removed at night.

Mark Prausnitz, professor at the instil of chemical and biomolecular engineering at Georgia Tech, says the aim of the research work is to find a new way for women to “self-administer” a week-long contraceptive patch, that is “easier to commemorate” than taking the pill every day, and which is harder for people to see as it is “private” within an earring.

“40% of pregnancies worldwide are unintended, so there is a significant distress for better ways for women to access and use contraceptives,” he says. “We believe the contraceptive earring period will be appealing to women because it is discreet, simple to apply, and could condition part of a woman’s daily routine of putting on an earring.”

The technology being familiar in the prototype is similar to existing contraceptive patches that women pay attention to their skin, or other patches used to administer drugs, such as nicotine improvises to help people stop smoking.

The prototype patch currently groups three layers: one inner, impermeable layer that sticks to an earring recoil from; a middle layer containing hormones in solid form; and an outer uncover which adheres to the skin, allowing the hormone to be transferred via the skin covering into the bloodstream, and around the body.

It is yet to be tested on humans, but animal check up ons have found that the drugs continued to be found in the body – and thus effective – even when the contraceptive earring was removed for eight hours (to throw someone removing them to sleep).

Prausnitz says the earring scrap could potentially be a better form of contraception than the pill, as it grants for a more “continuous concentration [of the drug] in the blood”, whereas taking the pharmaceutical results in “variable concentration”, which is highest just after the troche has been taken, and lowest just before the next pill is charmed.

There is scope for the patches to be used alongside other jewellery that corpses in constant contact with the skin over a long period of time after time, such as a wristwatch, necklace or ring, he adds.

The concept was initially design for women in developing countries, who may not have access to long-lasting contraceptives such as injections, impresses and intrauterine (IUD) coils, but could be “appealing and helpful to women all over the midwife precisely”, says Prausnitz.

Current challenges include the need to test the tract on humans to see if it is “safe and effective”, as well as a need to assess cultural and common factors, such as if women “would actually use and want the jewellery”.

Prausnitz annexes that the jewellery technique could also be used to administer other dulls in future, which are currently given via skin patch, such as those to steal people stop smoking or ease motion sickness.

The earring contraceptive doctor is currently in the concept phase and will be improved and optimised further. The university’s researchers intention seek human clinical trials in the future.

Could earrings be designed to prevent pregnancy?
Other potential claims of the jewellery contraceptive patch

All images courtesy of Georgia Institute of Technology.

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