The birth control patch is called Orthoevra®. The birth control patch sticks on your skin, like a Band-Aid. Hormones from the patch get into your body through the skin. You put a new patch on your skin each week for three weeks, and then no patch is worn the fourth week (patch -free week). The patch can be worn on the buttocks, upper chest, upper back, lower abdomen or the upper arms.
Advantages of the Patch:
- Makes periods lighter and less painful.
- Protects against some types of cancer.
- Can be easier to use than pills, since you only have to remember to put on a new patch one time each week.
Disadvantages of the Patch:
- Safe for most women. Women who have high blood pressure, smoke or are older than 35 should not use the patch. Your doctor can help you decide if the patch is safe for you.
- Does not protect against STIs.
- Skin reactions may occur where the patch is worn.
- Lotions or creams can cause the patch not to stick and should not be worn on the area of the skin where the patch is placed.
- May be less effective in women who weigh more than 190 pounds. Your doctor can help you decide if the birth control patch is a good option for you.