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How Does the Birth Control Patch Work?

A new birth control patch is worn for one week and then replaced on the same day of the week for three consecutive weeks. The fourth week is a "patch-free week". This is when you should have your period.

Women should only wear one patch at a time.

The contraceptive patch prevents pregnancy by delivering a continuous amount of two hormones, estrogen and progestin, through the skin and into the blood stream.

How Effective Is the Birth Control Patch?

The Ortho Evra contraceptive patch is 99% effective when used correctly.

Are There Side Effects Associated With The Birth Control Patch?

There are a few possible side effects of the birth control patch, among them the risk of developing blood clots. Others include:

  • Breast tenderness
  • Headache
  • Rash or redness at the site of the patch
  • Nausea
  • Irregular vaginal bleeding

 

Who Shouldn't Get the Birth Control Patch?

Some women should not get the Ortho Evra birth control patch. They include women:

  • With blood clots, history of heart attack, or history or stroke
  • Over age 35 who smoke cigarettes
  • Who have liver disease
  • With certain cancers, such as breast cancer
  • Who are pregnant or think they might be pregnant
  • With a history of headaches and neurological symptoms that accompany headaches
  • With diabetes with complications of the kidneys, eyes, nerves, or blood vessels
  • With disease of the heart valves with complications

 

 

Does the Birth Control Patch Protect Against Sexually Transmitted Diseases?

No. Ortho Evra does not protect against STDs, including HIV (the virus that causes AIDS). The male latex condom provides the best protection from most STDs.

What Is an IUD?

An IUD, or intrauterine device, is a small, plastic, flexible, T-shaped device that is placed into the uterus (womb) and prevents pregnancy. 

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