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Birth Control Patch

Have questions about how the birth control patch works, potential side effects and more? Learn all about the birth control patch in our FAQs.

Is there a weight limit for using the birth control patch?

The patch is not recommended for women weighing more than 198 pounds. If you plan to use birth control for pregnancy prevention, better options are the pill or NuvaRing, as these methods are reliably effective regardless of weight.

What Are the Advantages of Using the Birth Control Patch?

The birth control patch has been around for many years and is an affordable, simple, and safe way to maintain birth control. Its main benefit is that it doesn’t need to be applied daily. Women only have to deal with it once a week and there is no additional stress…

What Are the Side Effects of the Birth Control Patch?

Women interested in using hormonal birth control should consider using the patch. The side effects of the birth control patch are typically mild and range from spotting to cramping to headaches and usually go away within a few weeks. How Does the Patch Work? The birth control…

Who Can Use the Birth Control Patch?

The birth control patch can be used by women who do not have high blood pressure, a history of blood clots, or other health concerns that prevent them from taking hormonal birth control containing estrogen. Some women should not use the patch since the higher estrogen levels put…

How Effective Is the Birth Control Patch?

The birth control patch is approximately 91% effective. When it’s used correctly, the patch can be even more effective. Understanding Effectiveness The 91% effectiveness statistic is based on typical use of the birth control patch. That means that out of 100 women who use this method each…

How Is the Birth Control Patch Used?

To use a birth control patch, simply wear the patch on your skin for a total of 21 days each month. During this time, you will replace the patch three times (once a week) to ensure you receive the correct doses of estrogen and progestin. At the start of the…

What is the Birth Control Patch?

The birth control patch is a hormonal contraceptive you apply directly to your skin. The patch gradually releases hormones into your body to prevent pregnancy. Also known as a transdermal contraceptive, this type of birth control is safe and easy to use. The patch looks similar to a Band-Aid.

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