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Birth Control

The Patch

What is The Patch and How does it work?

The Patch is a hormonal birth control which is worn on your skin.

The Patch contains hormones (estrogen and progesterone) which are absorbed through the skin as the Patch is worn.

What are my chances of not getting pregnant by using The Patch?

If used correctly, the Patch is 99% effective.


Are there any side effects to using The Patch?

The side effects of the Patch are similar to the side effects of the combination pill. Some side effects can be breast tenderness and enlargement, headache, nausea, vaginal discharge and or abdominal cramps and bloating, irregular bleeding or spotting, slight weight gain, change in appetite, moodiness, change in sexual desire.


What are the Pros of using The Patch?

  • No pill taken daily.
  • Does not interrupt sex.
  • Ability to become pregnant returns quickly when you stop using it.
  • Only have to change the Patch three times a month (one new patch a week for three weeks).


What are the Cons of using The Patch?

  • May cause menstrual cramps.
  • May cause skin reaction at the site of application.
  • May not be effective for women who weigh more than 198 pounds.