Contraceptive Skin Patch

What is the contraceptive skin patch?

The contraceptive skin patch is a small adhesive patch that is worn on skin to prevent pregnancy. The contraceptive skin patch releases estrogen and progestin, which are absorbed through the skin into the body.

How can I get the contraceptive skin patch?

A health care provider must prescribe the skin patch, but you can apply or remove the patch by yourself . The patch is less effective in women who weigh more than 200 pounds.

How do I use the contraceptive skin patch?

The patch can be worn on the, chest (except the breasts), upper back or arm,buttocks or abdomen. You wear a patch for a week at one time for a total of 3 weeks in a row. During the fourth week, a patch must not be worn, and you will have your period. After week 4, a new patch is applied and the new cycle is repeated. You apply the patch on the same day even if you still are bleeding. To use the patch as a continuous form of birth control, apply a new patch every week on the same day without skipping a week.

What are the possible side effects of using the contraceptive skin patch?

Most of the side effects are minor and often go away after a few months of use. The Possible side effects include the following:

  • Headache
  • Skin irritation
  • Breast tenderness
  • Breakthrough bleeding