Patch What is the birth control patch? The birth control patch sometimes called Evra is a small, thin plastic patch containing 2 hormones estrogen and progestin that you wear on your skin. How does the patch prevent pregnancy? The patch prevents you from ovulating. The patch thickens the mucus on your cervix the opening to your uterus. This makes it harder for sperm to travel into your uterus and fertilize an egg.
The patch thins the lining of your uterus the endometrium. This makes it harder for a fertilized egg to implant in your uterus and become a pregnancy.
How effective is the patch? This means that if people used the patch correctly for one year, only one person would get pregnant. If you use the patch incorrectly, your risk of getting pregnant increases. The patch may be less effective if you weigh more than lbs.
How do you use the patch? The patch works on a day cycle, using 3 patches per cycle. Do NOT apply a new one. At the end of that 7 day patch-free week, apply a new patch. Remember, you are protected from pregnancy during the patch-free week as long as you have been using the patch correctly and you apply your next patch on time. How to start the patch If you decide, along with your clinician, that the patch is right for you, they will write you a prescription.
If you start the patch within the first 5 days of getting your period, you are protected from pregnancy right away. If you start the patch 6 or more days after getting your period, you are not protected from pregnancy until you have been using the patch for a full week.
To avoid pregnancy during this time, use a back-up method of birth control like condoms or spermicides. A clinician may recommend that you use a back-up method of birth control for a longer period of time when you start the patch.
Some people like to start the patch on the first Sunday following the start of their period, whether they are still bleeding or not. This will likely keep you from getting future periods on the weekend. Where can I wear the patch? You can wear the patch on your butt, back, the outside of your arm or on your lower abdomen stomach. You can shower, swim, exercise and do regular activities while wearing the patch.
What are the side effects of the patch? These usually go away within the first 3 months of using the patch. You may experience skin irritation on the spot that you wear your patch. Every time you change the patch, switch sides or apply it to a different site to avoid skin irritation. If after 3 months you are still experiencing side effects or your side effects are severe, you may want to try a different method of birth control.
There is a rare risk of getting blood clots, or having a heart attack or stroke while using the patch.
Smoking, obesity, and other health conditions increase this risk. Speak to your clinician for more information. Signs of a blood clot include: If you experience any of these symptoms, get medical attention right away. Advantages of the patch If you use the patch correctly, your chances of getting pregnant are very low. You are less likely to have side effects than you are with the pill. Your period will likely become shorter, lighter, less painful, and more regular. The patch can improve acne and increase bone strength.
The patch lowers your chances of ovarian and endometrial cancer and fibroids. Disadvantages of the patch You have to remember to remove and apply a new patch every week. If the patch comes off or starts to peel back, your risk of getting pregnant increases and you may need to use a back-up method of birth control for seven days one week. The patch comes in only one colour, light beige, which may not match your skin.
You may experience side effects. You may not be able to use the patch if you have certain health problems. If you smoke and you use the patch, your risk of getting a blood clot is higher You need a prescription. It can be expensive. The patch does not protect you from sexually transmitted infections STIs.