Contraceptive Jewelry Could Offer a New Family Planning Approach

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An earring is shown paired with a transdermal patch backing. The white ring is the patch containing the contraceptive hormone. (Credit: Mark Prausnitz, Georgia Tech)

A contraceptive earring patch is shown as it would be worn on a woman’s ear. The white contraceptive patch can be seen attached to the earring back and adhered to the back of the ear. (Credit: Mark Prausnitz, Georgia Tech)

Image shows potential contraceptive jewelry, in clockwise order, a pharmaceutical watch, ring, choker necklace and earring. In each case, a white contraceptive patch material is applied to a part of the jewelry that would be in contact with the skin. (Credit: Mark Prausnitz, Georgia Tech)

This photograph shows an earring patch (white) that can deliver contraceptive hormone while being worn on an earring back. The size of the patch is about one square centimeter. (Credit: Mark Prausnitz, Georgia Tech)

A contraceptive earring patch is shown as it would be worn on a woman’s ear. The white contraceptive patch can be seen attached to the earring back and adhered to the back of the ear. (Credit: Mark Prausnitz, Georgia Tech)