The Contraceptive Patch looks like a square band-aid (size less than 2’’ x2’’). It is a patch that sticks on the skin. It works similarly to birth control pills, with a 60% higher dose in comparison to oral contraceptives, absorbed through the skin.
How can I apply the patch?
You are advised to apply 1 patch each week for 3 weeks and have patch-free for 1 week.
Once you have stuck the patch on, you should leave it there for 7 days. You are advised to change the location of patch every week.
It is essential to ensure the skin area is not irritated, or there was a rash or a cut. Avoid sticking the patch over a skin surface that has lotion or cream.
Can I continue shower, bath, swimming, exercising with the patch?
Yes, you can. The patch should not impair you from your regular functional routine.
Is the patch as effective as oral contraceptive pills in preventing pregnancy?
Yes, if it is used correctly.
Common side effects of the patch:
- Irregular bleeding
- Allergy and irritation to patch
- Breast tenderness
- Mood swing
- Risks of blood clot events