The Patch

Shannon Wagner & Micah Godfrey P.6

"The Patch"(Ortho Evra)

A contraceptive patch is a transdermal patch applied to the skin that releases synthetic estrogen and progestin hormones to prevent pregnancy.

The patches are packaged in boxes of three and are only available by prescription.

The birth control patch is a thin, beige, plastic patch that sticks to the skin. It is used to prevent pregnancy. A new patch is placed on the skin once a week for three weeks in a row, followed by a patch-free week.

the birth control patch releases hormones. Hormones are chemicals made in our bodies. They control how different parts of our bodies work.

The hormones in the patch are the same hormones as in the birth control pill — estrogen and progestion. Keeping eggs from leaving the ovaries. Pregnancy cannot happen if there is no egg to join with the sperm.

Some of the most common side effects usually clear up after two or three months, they include:

  • bleeding between periods
  • breast tenderness
  • nausea and vomiting

Rare risks include heart attack, stroke, having a blood clot in the legs, lungs, heart, or brain, developing high blood pressure, liver tumors, gallstones, or yellowing of the skin or eyes (jaundice). The risk for these problems increases if you:

  • are age 35 or older
  • are very overweight
  • have certain inherited blood-clotting disorders
  • have diabetes
  • have high blood pressure
  • have high cholesterol
  • need prolonged bed rest
  • smoke

No protection against STDs.

Using Ortho Evra is safe, simple, and convenient. Many women who use the patch have more regular, lighter, and shorter periods. These health benefits may include some protection against

  • acne
  • bad menstrual cramps
  • bone thinning
  • breast growths that are not cancer
  • ectopic pregnancy
  • endometrial and ovarian cancers
  • serious infection in the ovaries, tubes, and uterus
  • iron deficiency anemia
  • cysts in the breasts and ovaries
  • pelvic inflammatory disease, which often leads to infertility when left untreated
  • premenstrual symptoms, including headaches and depression
  • heavy and/or irregular periods

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