Researchers are currently looking at contraceptive jewellery as a new form of potential birth control.
Scientists at the Georgia Institute of Technology have developed a technique for administering contraceptive hormones through backings placed on jewellery items included earrings, watches and rings.
According to the Independent, the patches containing the hormones are placed on the area of the jewellery most likely to come into contact with the skin.
A report published in medical journal, the Journal of Controlled Release, initial testing has suggested that contraceptive jewellery may be able to provide the wearer with a sufficient amount of hormones to act as a form of birth control.
Despite the early advances, no human testing has been carried out as of yet.
Mark Prausnitz, regents’ professor in the School of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering, commented: “The more contraceptive options that are available, the more likely it is that the needs of individual women can be met.”
He added: “Because putting on jewellery may already be part of a woman’s daily routine, this technique may facilitate compliance with the drug regimen.”
While the contraceptive jewellery was initially conceived as an accessible form of birth control for women in developing countries, professor Prausnitz hopes it could even prove “appealing and helpful” to women across the globe.