A small adhesive patch that sticks to your skin to prevent pregnancy.
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The patch is an effective form of combination birth control (containing estrogen and progestin) that looks like a small sticker; it needs to be replaced at the same time and day every week. It is very effective if used correctly but may be less effective for some women such as those over 198 lb or taking certain medications.
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- You only have to remember to change the patch once a week. Otherwise, you don't have to worry about birth control.
- Helps most women regulate their periods and decrease spotting after the first few months of use.
- Undetectable and won't get in the way of spontaneity.
- Estrogen can help clear up acne.
- Fertility typically returns 2-4 weeks after the last removal of the patch.
- Works immediately if taken within the first 24 hours of your period, otherwise you'll have to use backup birth control during the following week.
- Avoid using products like lotion, powder, or makeup near the patch as it might affect the hormones that are mixed in with the adhesive on the patch.
- May not be suitable for breastfeeding new moms, as it contains estrogen which lowers milk production.
- Does not protect against STDs.
- May be less effective for overweight women (over 198 pounds).
- May be less effective for women taking Grifulvin V (Griseofulvin), Rifadin (Rifampin), certain HIV medications, certain anti-seizure medicines or St. John's Wort.
- May not be suitable for women on prolonged bed rest, who smoke and are 35+, have certain blood-clotting disorders, certain heart conditions, lupus, high blood pressure, serious diabetes, or liver disease. Talk to your doctor about using the patch.
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