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What Is the Ortho Evra Birth Control Patch?

This tiny skin patch has the same hormones as those in many birth control pills. Women can wear it on their buttocks, belly, chest (except for the breasts), or the outer part of the upper arm. Don’t put it on skin that is red, irritated, or cut, or skin where makeup, creams, or powders are applied.

How Does It Work?

You wear a new birth control patch for 1 week. Then you replace it on the same day of the week for 3 weeks in a row. During the fourth week, you don’t wear a patch. You’ll have your period then.  

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

Women should only wear one patch at a time.

How Well Does It Work?

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

Are There Side Effects?

A few possible ones include:

Who Shouldn't Get the Birth Control Patch?

Does the Birth Control Patch Protect Against Sexually Transmitted Diseases?

No. The male condom provides the best protection from most STDs.

WebMD Medical Reference

Reviewed by Kecia Gaither, MD, MPH on August 11, 2014

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