SETTLE INTO A WEEKLY ROUTINE
The patch looks just like a shiny plaster. It sticks to the skin and releases hormones – both a progestogen and oestrogen – that enter the bloodstream through the skin. The hormones stop the ovaries from releasing eggs, and thickens the cervical mucus to make it more difficult for sperm to move.
You simply peel off the back of the patch and apply it directly to your skin – on your lower abdomen, buttocks, upper arm, or even your back. You wear it for a week and then replace it with a new one. After 3 weeks you take a week off, and during that week where you don't wear the patch, your period should start. Then you repeat that routine. If your patch becomes loose or falls off while you are wearing it, you should refer to the Patient Information Booklet that came with it or consult your doctor or nurse. You might get irregular bleeding on the break. Then you repeat that routine.
Some women may experience a delay in getting pregnant after they stop using the patch.
The patch does not protect against sexually transmitted infections.
HOW IT MEASURES UP
Typical use means how well the method works in real life and perfect use means how well a method works under 'perfect' or ideal conditions for example when there is no user error at any time.
EFFICACY WITH PERFECT USE
The patch is more than 99% effective with “perfect use” meaning that less than one woman in every 100 who uses this method for one year will become pregnant.
The patch is self-administered with a prescription, and it is very effective when used perfectly. This requires careful tracking of the routine and changing the patch on time each week.
EFFICACY WITH TYPICAL USE
The patch is 91% effective with “typical use” meaning that 9 women out of every 100 using this method for one year will become pregnant.
The patch is self-administered with a prescription. You need to keep track of the routine and make sure you change the patch on time. We're all human, and this doesn't always happen, but even with typical use, the patch is very effective.
Yes. The patch continuously releases hormones – oestrogen and a progestogen – throughout the entire body.
Ease of Use
The patch needs to be changed weekly in order to be fully effective.
The patch may cause disrupted periods, either in the form of irregular bleeding, or regular, lighter periods.
NEED ADVICE? SPEAK TO YOUR HEALTHCARE PROFESSIONAL
Seek out an appointment with your doctor or nurse for further support that meets your needs.