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04 February 2017

How Is Patch Effective In Birth Control

Contraception patch is a thin plastic patch that sticks to the skin and is one of the best birth control methods. Patch is better than the oral contraceptive pills

Contraception patch is a thin plastic patch that sticks to the skin and is one of the best birth control methods. Patch is better than the oral contraceptive pills

The birth control patch is a thin, beige and plastic patch that sticks to the skin. It's used to prevent you from getting pregnant. A new patch is placed on the skin once a week for three weeks in a row, followed by a patch-free week.

Other options similar to the contraceptive patch include the birth control pill or ring, which have the same hormones as the patch. Or you may want to consider getting an implant or IUD- these safe, convenient methods provide over 99% effective protection and prevents you from getting pregnant.

How is birth control patch used?

Patch is put on the first day of her menstrual cycle. It is changed once a week for 3 consecutive weeks. The patch should be put to one of four areas of the body: abdomen, buttocks, upper arm, or upper torso except for the breasts. On the fourth week, no patch should be worn, and a girl's period should start during this time. The birth control patch contains two versions of the hormones estrogen and progestin. These are the same types of hormones found in most birth control pills and contraceptions. Your body absorbs the hormones from the contraceptive patch. Then, the hormones start working by preventing pregnancy by blocking your ovaries from releasing eggs that prevent you from getting pregnant. The hormones also thicken your cervical mucus to keep sperm out. The patch usually takes one week after you initially start using it to reach to its full effect.

What is the effectiveness of birth control patch?

It is 99% effective when used correctly but it is more effective if the contraceptive patch is worn at same day and time every week. 

Effectiveness is an important and common concern when choosing a birth control method. The birth control patch is very effective. It works best when it is always placed on the skin on time. That keeps the correct level of hormone in a woman’s body.

  1. Less than 1 out of 100 women will get pregnant each year if they always use the patch as directed.
  2. About 9 out of 100 women will get pregnant each year if they don’t always use the patch as directed.

The patch may be less effective for women who are overweight. Talk with your health care provider if you are concerned about how well the patch may work for you.  

How long birth control patch is effective?

One patch is used for 1 week. You don’t need to use any patch during the 4th week.

What are the advantages of birth control patch?

These health benefits may include some protection against

  1. Acne
  2. Bad menstrual cramps
  3. Bone thinning 
  4. Breast growths that are not cancer ectopic pregnancy
  5. Endometrial and ovarian cancers serious infection in the ovaries, tubes, and uterus
  6. Iron deficiency
  7. Anemia cysts in the breasts and ovaries pelvic inflammatory disease, which often leads to infertility when left untreated premenstrual symptoms,
  8. Headaches and depression
  9. Heavy and/or irregular periods

What are the disadvantages of birth control patch?

Some women may have undesirable side effects while using the birth control patch. But many women adjust to it with few or no problems.

Some of the most common side effects usually clear up after two or three months. They include

  1. Bleeding between periods
  2. Breast tenderness
  3. Nausea and vomiting

The birth control patch may also cause more long-lasting side effects. The hormones in the patch may change a woman’s sexual desire. A woman may also have a reaction or irritation where she puts the patch on her skin

What are the risks of birth control patch?

All hormonal birth control has the potential to cause rare but serious side effects, including:

  1. Deep vein thrombosis
  2. Stroke
  3. Heart attack
  4. Pulmonary embolism

There have been conflicting findings, but recent and larger studies demonstrate no difference in risk among estrogen-containing pills, contraceptive patches, and rings. The overall risk is low.

However, complications are more common in women who:

  1. Smoke and are older than 35 years
  2. Have diabetes
  3. Have high blood pressure or high cholesterol levels
  4. Have certain inherited blood clotting disorders


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March 30, 2017, 11:03 a.m.
March 30, 2017, 4:34 p.m.
very useful article