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Patches

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What Is It?

The birth control patch is a thin, beige, 1¾-inch (4½-centimeter) square patch that sticks to the skin. The way it works is by releasing hormones through the skin into the bloodstream to prevent pregnancy. These hormones are chemical substances that control the functionong of the body’s organs. 

How Does It Work?

It contains a combination of the hormones progesterone and estrogen. The patch prevents ovulation, which releases the eggs from the ovaries during a woman’s monthly cycle. 

The hormones thicken the mucus produced in the cervix, making it difficult for sperm to enter and reach any eggs that may be released. The hormones sometimes affect the lining of the uterus. Therefor if the egg is feterlized it will have difficulties attaching to the wall of the uterus. 

Patches are similar to other birth control that use hormones. Such as “the pill” and ” the ring”, they are based on woman’s monthly cycle. The patch must be put on the first day of monstrual cycle or the first sunday after menstrual cycle begins. Patch will be replaced on skin once a week for three weeks in a row. It can be applied to four areas only: the abdomen, the buttocks, upper arm, or upper torso, except the breasts. On the fourth week, no patch will be applied. For woman’s menstrual cycle will be starting during this time.  

How Well Does It Work?

Many studies suggest that the birth control patch is as effective as the birth control pill. Which means that about 8 out of 100 couples will have an unintended pregnancy during the first year of use. The chance of getting pregnant depends on whether the patch is used correctly. Delaying or missing a weekly application or removing a patch too early, reduces its effectiveness and increases the chance of pregnancy. 

For woman who weigh more than 198lbs (90 kilograms), run the risk of the contraceptive patch being less effective in preventing pregnancy. 

Therefor the effectiveness of how well each type of birth control method works, depends on many things. Which include wether the patient has any health conditions or is taking any medication that may intefere with the patch. The effectiveness of the patch at preventing pregnancy also depends on whether the method chosen is covenient to the patient. Also, whether the patient remembers to use it correctly at all times. 

Your Family Planning Service will be performed in one of HER Smart Choice‘s three locations: Los Angeles, Van Nuys, and Huntington Park.

Fast and easy, straight forward explanations, first time in this situation and it has been a overall well and safe comfortable expreience.

My procedure went smooth. The doctors and nurses are very attentive and caring here. They have flexibility appointment schedule. The office is well-sanitized as well. Great overall experience!

This clinic is very professional. All the staff members are really nice and explain everything to you. All the info you need they have it just ask!

Service was amazing. Cindy and all of the staff were amazing they made me feel safe and at home. Thank you guys so much for all the attention and great service.

Repeat patient here. Dr K and the team are super caring. Appreciate the followup calls. The office is nice and clean. Highly recommend!

The staff were very kind and all were working very hard hard to address all the patients there. I was able to get a same day appointment.

The staff was very friendly and welcoming. The staff was very friendly as soon as we walked in the door. They were very prompt and helped us out right away. The made the experience easy.

All my questions were answered and I did not feel judged or unsafe. It was overall a great experience.

After researching up so many clinics, I decided to go to Her Smart Choice. All the medical staff members and doctor himself were friendly and understanding. No one was judgemental and questioned my decision.