What is birth control patch?
A birth control patch, also known as Ortho Evra (or Evra patch), is a safe, simple, and affordable birth control method. You can wear it on the skin of your belly, upper arm, butt, or back. It can easily beige patch sticks to the skin and helps prevent pregnancy.
When a patch is applied to your skin once then you can put a new patch on every week for 3 weeks. It releases hormones that prevent you from pregnancy. In a 4th week, you do not require a patch.
How does it work?
The patch method works by stopping the sperm from meeting an egg. The patch has two men made versions of the hormones are found in most birth control pills, including :
These hormones are similar to the hormones which your bodies make naturally. You wear it on your certain parts of the body ( wear on the skin of your belly, upper arm, butt, or back ), and the hormones are absorbed through your skin. These hormones stop your pregnancy by blocking your ovaries from releasing eggs. These hormones also surround your cervical mucus to keep the sperm out.
You can keep the new patch on every week for 3 weeks. It releases hormones that prevent you from pregnancy. After that, you get a week off before you repeat the cycle.
How to use this patch?
First of all, visit your doctor to discuss whether the patch is right for you. Here are some tips that help you to stay on schedule and remember when it’s time to put on a new patch:
- Decide where you want to put the patch.
- You can put it on a clean and dry skin ( such as – stomach, upper arm, upper back, shoulder, belly or buttocks )
- Open the foil pouch.
- Peel the patch off of the foil.
- Now, peel half of the plastic out of the patch ( don’t touch the sticky part )
- Keep it on your skin and peeling off the rest of your plastic.
- By using the palm of your hand, push it for 10 seconds.
- Remove this patch on the same day the following week.
- Do this process for three weeks.
- On the fourth week, take a break from using the patch.
- Then, start again the following week.
Risks of this birth control :
All birth control has the potential to cause side effects, including :
- Deep vein thrombosis (DVT)
- Heart attack
The risks are more common in the woman who :