Requires wearing a small adhesive patch. Worn on the body every day and night. A new patch is put on each week, for 3 weeks, followed by a week with no patch.
Replace each patch on time for greatest effectiveness.
Bleeding changes are common but not harmful. Typically, irregular bleeding for the first few months and then lighter and more regular bleeding.
l A small, thin, square of flexible plastic worn on the body.
l Continuously releases 2 hormones—a progestin and an estrogen, like the natural hormones progesterone and estrogen in a woman’s body—directly through the skin into the bloodstream.
l A new patch is worn every week for 3 weeks, then no patch for the fourth week. During this fourth week the woman will have monthly bleeding.
l Also called Ortho Evra and Evra.
l Works primarily by preventing the release of eggs from the ovaries (ovulation).
Side Effects, Health Benefits, and Health Risks
Some users report the following:
Skin irritation or rash where the patch is applied
l Changes in monthly bleeding:
– Lighter bleeding and fewer days of bleeding
– Irregular bleeding
– Prolonged bleeding
– No monthly bleeding
l Breast tenderness and pain
l Abdominal pain
l Flu symptoms/upper respiratory infection
l Irritation, redness, or inflammation of the vagina (vaginitis)
All information from WHO-handbook of family planning