Technology is advancing by leaps and bounds to meet our needs and make our lives easier. While there are many female contraceptive methods, some of them are invasive or negatively impact our health with its undesirable side effects, so the scientific community continues to refine these methods for our convenience.
Researchers at the Georgia Institute of Technology have created a new and non-invasive way to administer contraceptive hormones by means of jewelry (earrings and rings) that function as patches to quit smoking.
The transdermal patches are placed in areas of the jewel that are in contact with the skin and, according to the study published in the medical journal Journal of Controlled Release, the jewelry can provide enough hormones to prevent pregnancy and, even, it is not necessary to use it every day for its lasting effect.
The great thing about this patch is that you can change it as a jewel if you want to use other accessories that match your outfit. It consists of three layers: the two outer ones with adhesive to stick to the skin and the jewel, and the one in the middle that contains the contraceptive medication.
The more contraceptive options available, the more likely it is that each woman's needs will be met. Because wearing jewelry can be a part of a woman's daily routine, this technique can facilitate adherence to the regimen of some medications, so it could help some women prevent unwanted pregnancies.
Mark Prausnitz, professor at the School of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering.
The method is still in the testing phase so it could take a while to get to the market, but it is good to know that they are looking for alternative contraceptives that are easier to use and that are friendly to our body. Now, how about more contraceptive methods for men?