The contraceptive patch at a glance
The contraceptive patch is a type of hormonal contraception. Each patch is kept on for a week, then replaced with a new one, with a 1 week break after every 3 weeks of use.
How does the patch prevent pregnancy?
How effective is the patch?
The contraceptive patch is worn on the skin and contains the same hormones found in birth control pills. It’s small, easy to apply, and lasts for a week, making it one of the most hassle-free options out there.
Used correctly, the patch is 99% effective at preventing pregnancy. However, because many people don’t use the patch correctly (e.g. forgetting to replace it), it can end up being around 91% effective.
What birth control side effects should I expect?
What are the benefits of birth control pills?
Some side effects include headaches, nausea, spotting (light bleeding between periods), breast tenderness, and changes in your periods (it might come early, late, or stop altogether). Good news is that they don’t affect everyone and tend to go away in 2-3 months as your body adjusts to the hormones
The contraceptive patch has many benefits besides pregnancy prevention. It can help prevent or lessen: acne, bone thinning, cysts in your breasts and ovaries, endometrial and ovarian cancers, serious infections in your ovaries, fallopian tubes, and uterus, iron deficiency (anemia) and PMS.