Ortho Evra is a tiny skin patch with the same hormones as those in many birth control pills. Women can wear this patch on the buttocks, abdomen, upper torso (except for the breasts), or the outer part of the upper arm. It should not be placed on skin that is red, irritated, or cut, or skin where makeup, creams, or powders are applied.
In the beginning, there was Seasonale -- the continuous birth control pill that offered women four periods a year. Women grabbed the chance to opt out of their periods. If you don't need it, why put up with it?
Today, "the pill" has been finessed even more, with lighter-period or no-period birth control pills as well as no-PMS, no-acne pills. Seasonale, Seasonique, Yaz, Beyaz, Yasmin, and Lybrel have changed the face of birth control pills.
All are variations of traditional birth control pills...
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 bloodstream.
How Effective Is the Birth Control Patch?
The Ortho Evra birth control patch is 99% effective when used correctly.
Are There Side Effects of the Birth Control Patch?
There are a few possible side effects of the birth control patch that might include: