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The Patch

99% effective if properly used

Description

A patch (similar to a small plaster). Each patch is worn for seven days, for three weeks, followed by a patch free week.

How it Works

The patch contains the female hormones oestrogen and progesterone. The hormones are absorbed through the skin to stop ovulation (an egg being released).

It is important that you talk to a doctor who will assess what contraceptive option is best for you.

Advantages

  • Does not interrupt sex
  • May be easier to remember, applied once a week for three weeks
  • Highly reversible method of contraception

Drawbacks

  • May be seen on the skin
  • Certain medication can interfere with its effectiveness. In this instance another method of contraception would have to be used.
  • Not suitable for women with conditions such as high blood pressure
  • Does not protect against sexually transmitted infections
  • Costs more than the pill
  • Not available without a prescription
  • Not advised for smokers over 35, women who are breast-feeding