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Fashion Prescription

Mark Prausnitz/Georgia Tech

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Diamonds are a girl’s best friend...literally!

This is Sandra Tsing Loh with the Loh Down on Science.

When it comes to pregnancy prevention, the Pill is effective, but it’s not best for everyone. Some people have trouble remembering to take it regularly - in which case, it might not work! 

What if birth control could be as easy as putting on jewelry?

Meet Mark Prausnitz and his team at the Georgia Institute of Technology. They gave rats birth control hormones...and matching earrings! 

Well, kind of! They put stickers on the rats’ EARS that delivered birth control hormones. 

Results? The stickers released enough hormones to prevent pregnancy. Rats didn’t even have to wear them all day to get an effective dose! 

If this technology works in people, birth control could be as easy as putting on your earrings in the morning, taking them off at night. If it’s easier, more people will use it correctly - and that means it’s more effective! 

The researchers say this method can be used to deliver other drugs, too. Any drug absorbable through the skin can be delivered with a stylish accessory!

Like my earrings? They’re prescription!