~It is a beige plastic patch that sticks to the skin.
~you have to change it once every week, for three weeks. the fourth week you don't change it.
~It is commonly called "Ortho Evra". another brand name for it is "Xulane".
HOW DOES IT WORK?
~It releases hormones/ chemicals made in our bodies.
~keeps eggs from leaving the woman's ovaries.
~makes cervical mucus thicker, keeping sperm from getting to the eggs..
HOW EFFECTIVE IS IT?
~Less than 1 out of 100 women get pregnant using the patch.
`if you place the patch on your body on time, it will work best.
~it keeps the correct level of hormones in the woman's body.
~ it is also less effective for overweight woman.
~ if you use medicine while using the patch, it may affect the way the patch works. however there are some antibiotics that do not affect the way the patch works, like "Rifamptin"
~as effective as the patch is, it only prevents from getting pregnant, not from sexually transmitted diseases.
~for your safety, it is best if you do not use the patch while you are pregnant.
SIDE EFFECTS OF THE PATCH ARE;
~blood clots in your legs. and lungs.
~unexplained vaginal bleeding.
~it works just like the birth control pill, you just don't have to take it daily.