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.
Women should only wear one patch at a time.
How Well Does It Work?
Are There Side Effects?
A few possible ones include:
Who Shouldn't Get the Birth Control Patch?
- Women with blood clots, a history of heart attack or stroke
- Smokers over age 35
- Women with certain cancers, such as breast cancer
- Women who are pregnant or think they might be pregnant
- Women with migraines should check with their doctor.