Contraception patches are for women only. When used correctly they are more than 99% effective at preventing pregnancy. The contraceptive patch is a small patch, rather like a nicotine patch. It is approximately 5cm x 5cm and it administers pregnancy preventing hormones into your body through your skin. The name of the brand used here in the UK is Evra. Book an appointment for to get your contraception patch from Broadgate GP.
The hormones administered by the contraception patch are the same hormones provided by the combined contraception pill; namely oestrogen and progestogen. The hormones delivered by the patch work in the same way as the hormones delivered via the pill, meaning that they prevent an egg being released; they make cervical mucus thicker which makes it extremely difficult for sperm to travel through the cervix, and they thin the lining of the womb which makes it more improbable for a fertilised egg to implant itself.
Contraceptive patches can be used on most areas of the body providing that the skin is clean, dry, and not too hairy. A new patch is applied once per week for three weeks. Week four is a patch free period. During the fourth week you may experience what is known as a “withdrawal bleed,” something that is akin to a period. Not all women experienced this.
At the end of the fourth week you apply a new patch and a new four-week cycle starts again. Apply the patch regardless of whether or not you are bleeding at the time. You should not apply a patch to:
To minimise the likelihood of any skin irritation, you can vary where you position the patch each time.
If your patch falls off and has been off for the less than 48 hours, stick it back on immediately you notice, providing it is sticky enough. Do not attempt to re-apply it if it is not sticky by using a sticking plaster or bandaging it in position. Continue to use your patch as normal and replace it on the date that the original was due to be replaced.
If the patch came off after it had been in place for only six days or less, you may not be protected against becoming pregnant, and should therefore use some other form of contraception for the next seven days. If you do not know how long the patch has been off, you should replace it immediately and begin a new cycle. In addition you should use some other form of contraception for the next seven days. In the meantime if you have had unprotected sex, you may need emergency contraception.
As with many forms of medication, contraception patches are not universally suitable for everyone. If you are considering using the patch you should chat to your GP, or if you live and/or work in London you can pop in to the private, walk-in well woman clinic or family planning clinic that we run here at Broadgate Clinic London Wall for a chat with one of our qualified clinicians. No prior appointment is necessary.
You may not be considered a satisfactory candidate for the contraception patch if:
You may also be advised against using the contraception patch if:
If you live and/or work in London and you would like more advice on using the contraception patch, or you wish to purchase a supply, you can drop in to our sexual health clinic or family planning clinic here at Broadgate Clinic London Wall for a consultation. No prior appointment is necessary, however you can book an appointment.