雖然該項研發目前尚未有真人試驗,但因化學物質本來就能被皮膚吸收,而進入人體血液循環系統,該項發明其實與口服藥是透過大同小異的原理達成類似功效。| While no human trials have been conducted as yet, the idea was substantiated by the fact that chemical substances can be absorbed by human skin into the blood circulation system to produce the same outcome as oral medication. (Courtesy of Georgia Institute of Technology)

你有想過日常生活中的穿戴式珠寶也可以有幫助避孕的效果嗎?專家表示,這貌似不可信的未來其實就在你眼前。

TAIPEI (The China Post) – Have you ever thought of an easy way to take contraceptive pills? What if taking your medication was as easy as wearing your fashionable earrings?

美國喬治亞理工學院日前已成功研發一款「小型貼片」,用來承載賀爾蒙,再將貼片附著於日常首飾,透過穿戴耳環、項鍊、甚至是戒指等,將必要的激素導入身體,達成避孕效果。

According to the Georgia Institute of Technology, time for a new contraceptive method seems to be close at hand as researchers have successfully developed a technique for women to administer contraceptive hormones through patches attached to jewelry such as earrings, necklaces, or even rings.

喬治亞理工學院化工教授Mark Prausnitz在主持研究中公開表示:「這項技術可以幫助人們以更規律的方式服藥,也可以讓眾多女性以更簡單的方式避孕。」| “This technique may facilitate compliance with the drug regimen and effectively empower some women to prevent unintended pregnancies,” said Mark Prausnitz, the professor in the School of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering who conducted the experiment. (Courtesy of Georgia Institute of Technology)

雖然該項研發目前尚未有真人試驗,但因化學物質本來就能被皮膚吸收,而進入人體血液循環系統,該項發明其實與口服藥是透過大同小異的原理達成類似功效。

While no human trials have been conducted as yet, the idea was substantiated by the fact that chemical substances can be absorbed by human skin into the blood circulation system to produce the same outcome as oral medication.

喬治亞理工學院化工教授Mark Prausnitz在主持研究中公開表示:「這項技術可以幫助人們以更規律的方式服藥,也可以讓眾多女性以更簡單的方式避孕。」

“This technique may facilitate compliance with the drug regimen and effectively empower some women to prevent unintended pregnancies,” said Mark Prausnitz, the professor in the School of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering who conducted the experiment.

同時,研究者認為,這項現代化的避孕科技在於大幅縮小了坊間避孕貼片的尺寸,至耳環等珠寶大小的等級,對於有避孕需求的女性夥伴來說,是具吸引力且會是有實質幫助的。

Having seen positive test results from animals, the researcher pointed out that the modernized method for birth control will be “appealing and helpful” to women across the globe, given the huge downsizing in today’s contraceptive methods compared to patches sold in local pharmacies.

你有想過日常生活中的穿戴式珠寶也可以有幫助避孕的效果嗎?專家表示,這貌似不可信的未來其實就在你眼前。| Have you ever thought of an easy way to take contraceptive pills? What if taking your medication was as easy as wearing your fashionable earrings? (Courtesy of Georgia Institute of Technology)

此外,科學家也考慮許多類似的應用,例如縮小戒菸貼片大小、更年期症狀舒緩、防止偏頭痛與身體不適等問題,在未來都可能透過穿上你最愛的首飾來解決。

The future of contraception could be as simple as wearing your jewelry, say researchers who believe that patches could not only be used to quit smoking but also to tackle menopausal syndromes, and prevent recurring migraines involving nausea and physical sicknesses.