What is the Patch?
The patch is a form of birth control that works similarly to the combination pill but instead comes in the form of a small bandage that you wear on your skin. The small patch releases estrogen and progestin hormones, which both stop the process of ovulation and thicken the cervical mucus. Together, this prevents pregnancy.
Is the Patch right for me?
The patch can be an effective and convenient method if you want to avoid taking daily pills. However, you’ll need to remember to change your patch on time every week. Some of the benefits include that the patch can make periods lighter and more regular, as well as reduce cramping. Because it contains estrogen, the patch can also have some health benefits like preventing acne, bone thinning, and iron deficiency. If you want to get pregnant soon, it’s possible to conceive right after you stop using the patch. You can stop using the patch at any time.
What are the risks?
The patch does not protect against STDs, so you should be sure to use condoms along with the patch for extra protection. After you stop using the patch, it may take a few months for your periods to become regular again. Like all birth control medications, you may experience side effects while you use the patch. Your gynecologist will discuss the risks with you during an appointment.
How do I get started on the Patch?
The patch requires a prescription from your gynecologist who will discuss the risks and benefits to decide whether the patch is the best option for you. Once you fill your prescription, you can begin using the patch right away. Your gynecologist will make sure you understand your schedule and how to use the patch to avoid becoming pregnant.
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The patch is an easy and effective way to protect yourself during sex with minimal worry. To learn more and meet with our expert team, contact our New York City office by calling or filling out our online form.
Frequently Asked Questions
Can the patch help with acne?
The birth control patch often helps patients with acne. Other benefits of the patch, aside from protecting against pregnancy, are lighter and more regular periods and reduced menstrual cramping.
Can I take Plan B while on birth control patch?
If you started using a patch five days or more before the start of your period, you are not fully protected against pregnancy and can take Plan B (emergency contraception) if necessary.
Are condoms enough birth control?
When used properly, condoms can be 98% effective in preventing pregnancy. When taking human and manufacturing error into account, they are more realistically 85% effective in preventing pregnancy when used as the only birth control solution.
Can the patch cause depression?
There is evidence to suggest that hormonal contraception is associated with potential for mood disability, including depression and changes in libido. Because of this, it is important that your provider evaluates your mental and physical health before prescribing your birth control.
Can I put the patch on my thigh?
Since the thigh is a place that can rub against your pants and the skin of your other leg, it’s not advisable to place the patch on your thigh.
Can I skip my patch free week?
The highest efficacy for hormonal contraception is with 3 weeks of medication followed by a week of menses; one can ‘extend’ a cycle by skipping the patch-free week, but it can’t always be depended upon to prevent bleeding.