How it Works

• A small and sticky patch that is changed once a week
• It releases hormones through the skin
• Releases the hormones oestrogen and progesterone (stops the body releasing an egg and making other changes needed for pregnancy)

Advantages

• Easy to use
• If used correctly it can be over 99% effective i.e. less than 1 in 100 women using the contraceptive patch (Note: with typical use its about 91% effective i.e. 9 in 100 get pregnant in a year)
• Can help with painful or heavy periods

Disadvantages

• Can temporarily cause skin irritation, headaches, breast tenderness and mood changes
• May be seen by others
• A low risk of some more serious side effects such as blood clots, breast and cervical cancer

The Patch

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