LEARNING ABOUT BIRTH CONTROL THE PATCH

The patch is a combination hormonal contraception that you stick to your body once a week. It uses a combination of estrogen and progestin hormones. It works very similarly to the pill. It is a highly effective and easily reversible method of birth control.

  • The patch is made of both estrogen and progestin and the medication enters your body through the skin. The patch is water proof and can be placed in different areas such as the arm, flank, buttock, or abdomen.
  • The patch may be a good option for you if you have trouble swallowing pills or are unable to self-administer the ring. The patch may be visible and may cause skin irritation if you have sensitive skin.
  • You may notice lighter or less painful periods, improvement in acne, and a reduction for certain cancers such as ovarian and endometrial cancer. For the first two cycles you may experience unscheduled bleeding.
  • The patch is available with a prescription. A routine follow-up exam is not necessary, but blood pressure should be checked yearly, if possible.

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